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Posted By John BoladianMarketing Director, Asia Pacific & Greater China
Trade shows in Japan are often the highlight of the year for me. They’re run with the same precision as the rail networks; getting 40,000 people in and out of Yokohama’s Conference Center over 3 days requires great coordination.
This year highlighted to me just how far we have come with natural user interfaces. Natural user interfaces are critical to intelligent systems, being the interaction point. There is some real innovation happening here, and Microsoft’s partners are leading the way.
· Last year was the first time we saw Kinect- based demonstrations; this year it was everywhere, built into scenarios to engage shoppers when browsing in a store to even a healthcare-based application which looked at your height, weight and body shape todetermine your health. Connected to a database of height/weight statistics, it was quite popular. A Microsoft partner had even initiated a competition with local universities to see which school could come up with the most innovative Kinect demonstrations.
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Posted By David CampbellProgram Manager
Embedded OEMs and developers often struggle with how to bring up hardware to quickly begin work on their overall solutions. Often, product requirements limit platform options and require extensive development time and costs. Windows Embedded partner Toradex has a great solution to this challenge. Toradex specializes in embedded hardware and software, and with Windows Embedded Compact, Toradex is able to provide solutions that can be not only used to quickly bring up your product, but also provide cost-effective hardware with which you can ship your product.
Toradex has a line of boards and modules that are both standardized and flexible. The Colibri hardware design scales from 208 MHz up to 1 GHz nVidia Tegra 3 and allows hardware updates by just swapping these standardized, pin-compatible modules. A very cool design! Standardization allows costs to be reduced, and it’s flexible enough to be used in a large variety of devices and industries, ranging from industrial automation and control to aerospace and medical. Toradex sells exclusively over the Internet and ships worldwide. And because of their redundant manufacturing facilities around the world, they can provide a reliable supply chain.
Posted By Jeff WettlauferTechnical Program Manager
Hey everyone, recently our Windows Embedded team was on a customer site visit in Europe, and we came across a fantastic example of Intelligent Systems in action. While we were touring an automobile manufacturing plant, we observed the line using electric screwdrivers like the one pictured below. They had two cables running into them. Power and Ethernet. We asked the tour director about the network cable, and they explained that the screwdriver was actually an ‘intelligent’ screwdriver.
We smiled at the thought of this basic piece of hardware actually being able to think about what it was doing. Then he explained it and we were amazed. The screwdriver was hung off a manufacturing line Windows Embedded Compact PC that was connected to a larger network in the factory. The backend provided the screwdriver engineering specs about the screw going into that location on the car, including the required torque and even the number of revolutions that Class 1 screw should take to achieve the desired torque. So, when the technician popped the screw into the chassis, all they had to do was fire the trigger, and everything was automatic. They even had some scenarios where this was done using robotic arms instead of people.
When the screw was installed in the car, a data point was generated that came back down the network cable and registered in the factory database. Basically, an ‘OK’, or ‘NOT OK’ was registered, and in the case of either the torque being missed, or that torque being achieved in an unexpected number of revolutions, a flag was popped to investigate further. In summary, the car would not get off the production line if the quality bar wasn’t met.
The November 2012 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.
The list below applies to Standard 2009 only:
The list below applies to XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:
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Posted By Chris ElliottSenior Marketing Communications Manager
This month, we marked the 5th anniversary of Ford SYNC and 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road. This is a major milestone for both companies and the technology, so needless to say, we’ve been celebrating a bit!
The old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The same goes for creating an industry leading in-car technology like SYNC. At the Seattle Auto show this month, we brought in our connected car team within Windows Embedded to celebrate our partnership and milestones with Ford. More than 100 of our engineers were on hand, along with Ford's Director of Electrical and Electronics Systems Jim Buczkowski. And of course, there was cake—the only way to celebrate right.
We’ve also been enjoying SYNC’s success with Ford fans across the country! We recently held a sweepstakes on Twitter giving people an opportunity to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect by tweeting about their favorite SYNC feature. Here’s what you had to say about what you like best about SYNC:
You love the music features SYNC offers, especially the ability to stream apps like Pandora. And it doesn’t hurt that you can do it all by voice!
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