Super Strike Eagle elevates MicroProseHunt Valley-based...

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

April 05, 1993|By Steve Auerweck | Steve Auerweck,Staff Writer

Super Strike Eagle elevates MicroProse

Hunt Valley-based MicroProse Software Inc. says its first mission into 16-bit video game territory is off to a solid start.

An initial order of 50,000 copies of Super Strike Eagle for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System sold out in March, and another production run is on order for this quarter.

MicroProse has a licensing deal with Asmik Corp., a division of Sumitomo Corp., for distribution of Super Strike Eagle in Japan. Asmik will also convert Civilization to the Super Nintendo system; Asmik will sell the cartridge in Japan, and MicroProse will sell it in the rest of the world.

Hornet-1 simulator awaited by devotees

Flight simulator devotees who head into the heavens with software such as the Strike Eagle series will arrive there when the Hornet-1 personal flight simulator appears in entertainment centers later this year.

The Hornet, previewed last week by Magic Edge Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., is essentially a bare-budget version of a military simulator. Virtual pilots climb into a cockpit pod that can pitch and bank at the end of a hydraulic arm. The outside view comes courtesy of Silicon Graphics Inc. on a high-resolution 39-inch-by-26-inch screen.

Simulators will sell for $100,000 to $150,000. Players are likely to pay $25 for a training session and a 20-minute ride.

MCI gives Capitol telecommunications aid

Capitol College in Laurel now has an assortment of state-of-the-art telecommunications gear for use in training, a gift from MCI Communications Corp.

Washington-based MCI donated a fiber-optics transmission system, high-speed digital data equipment and a telephone network, which will let students simulate setup and testing of lines from a central office to a customer's site. The company values the gift, along with testing equipment it has provided in previous years, at more than $500,000.

Capitol College grants degrees in engineering fields and systems management.

Data are speeded up on SprintNet line

Customers who use a dedicated line to connect to SprintNet can now move their data over the network at four times the previous top speed.

The earlier limits had been 56 or 64 kilobits per second; a dedicated line can now handle rates of 128 or 256 Kbps. That makes the network more useful for linking local networks in widely separated locations, or for moving large volumes of data between mainframes or minicomputers.

SprintNet is Sprint's X.25 packet switching network. Such a network offers various advantages over leased circuits, including broad coverage and high reliability.

EPA documents copied onto compact disk

A Bowie company has begun marketing reams of Environmental Protection Agency enforcement documents packed onto compact disk.

The first product from Envires Corp. is EPA Shadow Law, which holds 4,114 documents, or about 120,000 pages of information. It includes charts and illustrations as well as text.

Envires plans to follow up with three additional EPA data bases. Pricing ranges from $2,000 to $5,000, with annual renewals of 60 percent of the first-year cost.

The company expects its audience will include environmental attorneys, consultants, public interest groups and manufacturers.

Jesse new president of Micro Dynamics

Chris Jesse is the new president of Micro Dynamics Ltd., a Silver Spring-based developer of document imaging systems.

Mr. Jesse succeeds company co-founder Audri Lanford, who remains board chairman.

Micro Dynamics, a leader in sales of Macintosh-based imaging systems, expanded last year into the PC and Unix environments.

Computer kiosks due from Federal Express

Federal Express plans to start a new service called FedEx Online, which will let customers use computer-based kiosks to send material or get information.

The kiosks, built around ATM-like machines, will be placed in shopping malls, airports, retail stores and office complexes. You'll be able to send a letter or package, using a credit card or FedEx account number for payment, and to get information about rates, office locations or the status of a package.

Federal Express will begin testing the booths this month in 25 to 40 of its largest markets. The company would not say whether Baltimore is included among the test markets.

ShadowTech offers a rolling wristrest

Oklahoma-based ShadowTech International Inc. has a novel weapon in the war against repetitive stress injury -- the rolling wristrest for mouse users.

ShadowTech's Mouse Shadow has a padded support that keeps a user's wrist straight, and at the height of a mouse. The whole thing glides about the desk on three rubberized bearings.

Using it can ease or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, the company claims.

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