There's no end to the entertainment options available for those who don't want to leave the house. Yamaha's RX-V563 digital home theater receiver offers 1080p-compatible HDMI switching, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio compatibility, and sound-optimizing Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer technology, along with improved CINEMA DSP technology. Optional accessories include wireless Bluetooth audio play back, iPod compatibility, four system-configuring SCENE modes and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) repeater capability. It employs Analog Devices' Blackfin DSP IC, as well as three chips from ADI's Advantiv TV chipset.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.