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September 20, 2011

Esight Corp Creates Eyewear for the Blind on Unison OS from RoweBots



RoweBots Inc., a leading supplier of tiny embedded Linux -compatible real-time operating systems (RTOS) products, recently announced that its Unison (News - Alert) Operating System has been leveraged to develop an intelligent eyewear that brings significantly improved vision to people with eye diseases.

According to a press release, the intelligent eyewear, called ALIVIOS, has been developed by eSight Corp. The eyewear has the Unison Operating System (OS) as its core component. According to its maker, the eyewear required high-performance software and the launch and release of Unison, Version 5.2, which supports TI's ARM (News - Alert) microprocessors and DaVinci digital media processors gave eSight what it was looking for.

“Unison provided us with improved performance and real-time response from boot, to USB image transfer, focusing, image acquisition and display. These features will dramatically improve the ALIVIOS customer experience. Furthermore, our software development and maintenance costs will be significantly better than they were with a generic embedded Linux architecture,” the CEO of eSight Corp., the developer and manufacturer of ALIVIOS Intelligent Eyewear, Kevin Rankin, explained in a statement.

The Unison OS controls a high definition video camera, a Texas Instruments (News - Alert) (TI) DaVinci digital media processor and near-to-eye displays. The Unison ultra-tiny embedded Linux-compatible RTOS opens a broad set of medical, embedded or imaging applications to Linux- and POSIX-compatible development with substantially enhanced performance on the same hardware.

In the release, RoweBots claimed that Unison OS incorporates a range of features such as tiny size, Linux compatibility, zero boot time and modularity which substantially reduce development risk, cost and time. According to RoweBots, over 50 Unison demonstration programs run out of the box on ARM microprocessor and DaVinci digital media processor development kits in 10 minutes.

Early last year, RoweBots announced the achievement of a rare milestone with the release of the DSPnano Operating System Version 3. With the new release the company claimed to make shrinking intelligence into small and powerful microcontrollers and digital signal controllers possible.


Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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