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Mini will be significantly easier than with a Windows PC or Mac”, Zhao continued. “We’ve unlocked all of the keyboard and mouse shortcuts and functionalities that you’re used to on a traditional PC. The beauty is in the simplicity of Android combined with the multitude of familiar PC functions that allow you to create content in addition to consuming it”. Would the Android-based Remix OS be open source? Nope is the answer, nor will the hardware be open source, the company will keep the design proprietary for now. But beyond a certain level of success, Zhao admits the company could well consider licensing a hardware platform to OEMs and create revenue from dedicated software applications. But for the Remix Mini to gain traction, would the company release an SDK? “Internally, we are considering doing that, but our focus is on developing our software in house first. As soon as we have more users, we will begin opening up SDKs to build a large tablet app ecosystem” told us Zhao, adding “we are currently focused on R&D for our 2nd generation tablet and optimizing the hardware for Remix Mini”. Because prior to launching the Remix Mini, Jide Technology had already launched with success another hardware form factor to make the most of its Remix OS, the Remix 11.6” ultratablet. So what more could Remix Mini offer compared to the Remix ultra-tablet, and what were the lessons learned? “Making hardware is really hard and we tip our hats off to all the hardware engineers of the world. We felt that in order to further our belief in Android as a productivity device, we wanted to explore additional form factors by which Remix OS can really show off its concept” concluded Zhao. Sensors, liquid crystals make “omnifocal” glasses PBy Peter Clarke erfect vision – all the time – is the claim from startup Deep Optics Ltd. (Petah Tiqva) for its eyeglasses that include sensors and liquid crystal materials to adjust to the wearer’s near- and long-distance viewing. Two optical sensors in the frames continually analyze the eyes’ pupillary distance, which changes when the wearer is focusing on objects at different distances. This information is then sent to an on-board processor that calculates the distance the wearer is trying to focus on and determines the optical compensation needed to produce sharp vision at that distance. The processor then instructs the lenses, which are a sandwich construction including liquid crystal material in the middle layer, to produce the appropriate degree of refraction. This is done by altering the voltage applied across the liquid crystal and thereby changing its refractive index. The result, claims Deep Optics in their Youtube video, is perfect eyesight. The video is a cartoon only suggesting that the real-world mock up may not be quite there yet. Deep Optics Ltd. was founded in 2011 by Yoav Yadin who serves the company as CTO, and Yariv Haddad, who serves as CEO. The Omnifocal eyeglasses could be at least two years from coming to market since Deep Optics Ltd. (Petah Tiqva), the startup behind the development is currently raising a first round of funding to enable it to produce a first physical prototype. “The glasses will need personal fitting. Like current multifocal glasses, a customer would need a prescription for far vision correction and for the ‘addition’ part for maximal close-distance correction. The glasses would then be customized to this prescription,” said Yariv Hadded, CEO of Deep Optics, in an email correspondence with EE Times Europe. “It would be possible to update the prescription from time to time. I still can’t say who and how the prescription updates would be carried out – there are several options,” he added. Built-in wirelessly rechargeable batteries that would power the glasses with a battery life of at least a few days is the development target. “We’re designing the glasses to consume very little power, and the look will not be bulky, as we’re talking about vision correction glasses, which must be light and fashionable.” The eye tracker system uses infrared LEDs to illuminate the eyes so that the sensors can read the distance between the inside edges of the left and right eye pupils. This inter-pupillary distance is used to determine at what distance the viewer is trying to focus and to drive the liquid crystal to alter its refractive index and achieve focus at that distance. “We received an investment from a local ‘angel’ when the company was established. We’re now completing a seed A round to complete a working model. When this is up and running, we’ll raise another round to complete the product,” Hadded said. Concept of Deep Optics’ Omnifocal eyeglasses. Pupillary distance measured by sensor is a means of determining where a person is focusing. Source: Deep Optics Ltd. 8 Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2015 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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