Focus module from New Scale used in eSight eyewear, a new wearable assistive technology for people with low vision
New Scale's small, precise and smart M3-F focus module enables precision lens focus in eSight Corp's light-weight wearable vision enhancement system
Victor, NY – May 28, 2013 – New Scale Technologies, Inc. (www.newscaletech.com) of Victor, NY today announced that its miniature M3-F focus module is a key component in the innovative new eSight eyewear, a new class of wearable, electronic assistive technology launched in 2012 by eSight Corp. (www.esighteyewear.com) of Ottawa, ON, Canada.
The eSight eyewear incorporates a high-resolution video camera and a high-contrast display for each eye, and is customized to enhance the remaining vision of individuals with conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and more. New Scale’s M3-F focus module enables precision focus of the camera lens, driven by eSight’s focus algorithms.
“We chose the M3-F focus module for its small size, high precision and low power requirements,” said Rob Hilkes, VP Product Management at eSight Corp. “As a complete motion module it was easy to integrate into our system, and helped us meet our targets for high performance, low weight and long battery life.”
The M3-F module comprises New Scale’s piezoelectric SQUIGGLE motor, Hall effect position sensor, drive IC, and microprocessor with firmware integrated into a single 20 x 22 x 16 mm package, not significantly larger than a fixed lens holder. It operates on 3.3 V battery power and accepts high-level motion commands from the system processor using a standard I2C interface.
“It is very rewarding to work with an innovative company like eSight, who are pushing the edge of wearable assistive technology with this mobile, hands-free device,” said David Henderson, co-CEO of New Scale Technologies. “We are pleased that our miniature motion technology is being applied to create smaller products that improve quality of life for individuals with low vision.”
About New Scale Technologies, Inc.
New Scale Technologies (www.newscaletech.com) develops small, precise and smart motion systems for critical adjustments of optics in imaging devices and many other micro positioning applications. Our simple and elegant solutions deliver best-in-class performance in consumer imaging, biometric authentication, aerospace and defense, medical devices, scientific instruments, haptic systems and many other markets. We design and manufacture custom products and license our technology to manufacturers worldwide. Our customers benefit from complete motion solutions that are tailored to their unique requirements and easily integrated into their next-generation instruments.
About eSight Corp.
eSight Corp (www.esighteyewear.com) is an Ottawa, Canada based technology company that develops intelligent eyewear for people challenged by degenerative eye diseases. eSight is primarily focused on eSight eyewear, assistive technology that helps people with low vision lead more independent lives at home and at work. eSight Corp was founded by Conrad Lewis, a Canadian technology entrepreneur. Personally touched by the profound impact of Stargardt’s Disease on two of his sisters, Mr. Lewis assembled the best possible team of engineers and vision specialists to apply the latest technology to low vision and create eSight eyewear.