StarNet Communications Corp., developer of Windows-to-UNIX/Linux connectivity software has demonstrated the ability of its X-Win32 X server to turn HP Tablet PCs into wireless UNIX workstations. Paul Swart, StarNet VP of Sales, says, "The Tablet PC offers new ways to increase job efficiency by taking computing environments to where notebook PCs are too cumbersome and PDAs too limited." For motion control engineers, an example of a Tablet PC accessing a UNIX server might include microchip production engineers taking the tablet into the fabrication cleanroom to make on-the-fly adjustments to IC production equipment and seeing the results instantly on the tablet. Download a free trial of X-Win32 at www.starnet.com/products/downloads.asp.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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