Saturday, October 07, 2006

New product for the visually impaired must ensure quality by respecting certain criteria

My Reader, released by Nightside, is designed to benefit people suffering from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

In order for the product to be fully effective for the visually impaired, it needs to adhere to strict quality control standards for focus, colour, colour banding and noise. “Nightside brought a system solution approach that helped us define our strategic needs before delving into the technical details”, Adam Palm, Quality Assurance Manager of Humanware, said. “They also weren’t afraid to take some risk to work out exactly what we needed. It wasn’t easy.

There weren’t any clear industry standards about what we were trying to do, so we had to define them in-house. We would definitely call them first for future testing and measurement needs.” Nightside, who is a National Instruments Certified Alliance Partner, employed NI's capture card, LabVIEW software, Vision development module, and TestStand test management software to create the system. myReader is the world’s first low-vision auto-reader.


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