Embedded comes to the surface on the Freescale i.MX51 and Texas Instruments OMAP4430

March 3, 2011

I’m on the floor of Embedded World in Germany and it’s never been more apparent how User Experience (UX) and HMI technologies are critical to the success of medical device design. Properly implemented UX can make or break a product launch based on how easy and accessible the device functions are to the end user.

This was underscored a few minutes ago when the Director of Engineering for a major device manufacture stopped by our booth to look at our Telehealth Solution for device manufacturers. The design elements which stood out to him included the performance of the ARM Cortex A8 and A9 devices that we have the solution running on. We’re using Freescale i.MX51 and Texas Instruments OMAP4430 devices for different aspects of the design. They provide high performance with a low power envelop that can run 2D, 3D rendering with OPEN GL. We also support open standards development with QT Graphics, HTML 5, Adobe Flash and AIR technologies as well native C and C++.

QNX Home Health & Telemedicine Solution for Medical Device Manufacturers

He was also impressed by the intuitive UX design flow provided by the UX Experts at Teknision. They describe their philosophy such “that experience design is done with the understanding that the interface is the virtual embodiment of the brand. How an interface looks, its transitions and affordances, the sounds, its speed and functionality must all work together harmoniously to form a rewarding and memorable consumer experience.”

The Teknision team really bridges philosophy of design to living, breathing products that transform the user experience and provide any embedded project a critical competency that accelerates the overall embedded device process.

Finally, what impressed our Director of Engineering the most was the blistering 25 day design schedule in which we delivered this device from conception to production. I’ll post updates to this blog when the videos from the media start to show up.