The goal of MULTIWORKS (which continues the work begun in project 2105) is to develop an office workstation that manipulates video, graphics, text, voice and sound with facilities comparable to those available today for traditional text and graphics media.
The goal of the multimedia integrated workstations (MULTIWORKS) is to develop an office workstation that manipulates video, graphics, text, voice and sound with facilities comparable to those available today for traditional text and graphics media.
2 system configurations are provided: a high cost authoring workstation, MIW, and a low cost delivery system, MIW-L. MIW is based on industry standard open 32-bit architecture with intelligent controllers to manage multimedia devices. The first example of MIW is the CP486 workstation available from Olivetti. It is expected that other partners of MULTIWORKS will develop different versions of it with compatible architectures. MIW-L is built around a highly integrated low cost workstation based on the availability, reliability and maintainability (ARM) reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor developed by Acorn (UK). Both versions will be able to support the same operating software and applications. MULTIWORKS provides:
a peripheral subsystem of intelligent controllers that manage the new multimedia devices;
enhanced user interfaces, including new interaction devices such as voice input and electronic paper;
Unix operating system enhanced with real time features to handle multimedia;
a consistent object oriented programming environment for the development of traditional applications that use the new media;
a set of authoring tools based on hypertext and expert systems.
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