A very interesting show. Like other industries, many designers and manufacturers in kitchen and bath are cautiously expecting a comeback. Some companies are on the sidelines taking the wait-and-see approach. They want to know that they’re out of the woods before ramping their engineering investment back up. And how will they know the industry has emerged from the doldrums? When market leaders launch killer next-gen products (stay tuned – our team is working on a handful of these now). As we’ve seen time and time again, those companies who pushed for innovation before and during the lull, are poised to eat a lot of lunches.
Connected conversations start here.
A couple of Altians are making a stop at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago this week. Home appliances are slowly becoming candidates for iPhone-like makeovers — so the KBIS show should be a really interesting opportunity to check out what’s new for the kitchen. Searching the web for margarita recipes from a touchscreen over your ice dispenser? Downloading your favorite Sinatra mix to your oven so that you can listen and sing along while you’re making an Italian feast? Anything is possible.
If Jason Williamson doesn’t get lost on those busy Chicago expressways, he’ll share some news about the show next week.
I had the opportunity to attend the SAE World Congress at the Cobo Center in Detroit this week. It was great to see many of our customers on hand to showcase some of their new projects. Fun stuff! There are some incredible automotive innovations – especially in the realm of HMIs – coming down the pipe. It’s gratifying to be a part of such a necessary AND fun area of automotive development.
Peter Abowd, Altia’s President of Worldwide Automotive, and Mark Taylor, Altia’s North American Automotive Sales Director, will attend the SAE World Congress at the Cobo Center in Detroit next week. Stay tuned to this space for commentary from each of the guys about their experience at this exciting automotive industry event!
SAE International recently launched its SAE J2746 Software Assessment Repository in an effort to improve automotive software development capabilities and promote more effective software process improvement activities and assessments. We recently ran a press release about Peter Abowd’s contribution to the program.
For more information, check out this SAE video of our own Peter Abowd discussing the J2746 Software Assessment Repository at the 2009 SAE World Congress (April 20, 2009).
Here is an interesting article from Jack Ganssle at Embedded.com — Getting disciplined about embedded software development: Part 1 – Any idiot can write code.”
The article includes a discussion of the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and CIMM, the Capability Integration Immaturity Model, a proposed answer to the CMMI from Captain Tom Schorsch of the US Air Force. About the CIMM, Ganssle remarks, “If you’ve been in this business for a while, this extension to the CMMI may be a little too accurate to be funny.”
Interesting article about Simulink and model-based development. It touches on many of the same facets we’re all familiar with – enabling collaboration, re-using models throughout development, 4-to-1 time reduction – but focuses on the applicability in mil-aero projects.
One particularly well-worded excerpt reads: “model based design enables engineers to ‘virtually’ see the end from the beginning – and eliminate those costly late-game redesigns.”
Check out the full article here: http://www.mil-embedded.com/articles/id/?4446
This is a cool commercial from a company that is breaking a lot of the traditional carmaker paradigms.
We’re proud to announce the release of Altia Design 9.0, which comes chock full of new features like Skin Object, Snapshot Object, Language and Distort. Details can be found here.
You many have seen our 9.0 demo videos, which we posted on YouTube a few months ago. If you haven’t and you would like to, check them out on the Altia YouTube channel. Become a subscriber so that you’ll be one of the first to check out the exciting demos and other fun projects that we have planned for 2010.