USB device restores camera operating system

DECEMBER 2, 2009--The Rescue USB stick allows developers to restore a camera's internal Linux operating system to its factory state quickly and easily if necessary.

DECEMBER 2, 2009--The Rescue USB stick allows developers to restore a camera's internal Linux operating system to its factory state quickly and easily if necessary. The user plugs the USB stick into the USB host port of the camera and then reboots the camera. Application software updates can be applied quickly with the USB stick. Developers also can create their own update stick by means of a simple script. The USB device can then be used to install the current software version on a camera, reducing maintenance costs of applications at different locations. The stick will be included in the accessory package for smart cameras with the power supply unit and adapter cable for S-video and serial interfaces. The SDK with preconfigured toolchain is available free of charge.
VRmagic
Mannheim, Germany
www.vrmagic.com

-- Posted by Carrie Meadows, Vision Systems Design, www.vision-systems.com

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Rescue USB Stick for intelligent cameras

New USB stick from VRmagic permits convenient development and simple, inexpensive maintenance of OEM applications


Mannheim. Following the launch of its programmable intelligent camera series, the German camera manufacturer VRmagic now presents its Rescue USB Stick. This allows developers to restore a camera's internal Linux operating system to its factory state quickly and easily if necessary. This can be done by simply plugging the USB stick into the USB host port of the camera and then rebooting the camera. Updates of the application software can also be applied in just a few minutes with the USB stick. Developers can create their own update stick by means of a simple script. This stick can then be used to install the current software version on a camera. As a result, maintenance of applications at different locations is easy, reliable and inexpensive.

"Developing new products is a challenge - and the same also applies to maintaining them inexpensively, quickly and reliably at their worldwide operating locations over the course of many years," says Oliver Menken, Sales Manager at VRmagic. "Many OEM customers use the intelligent cameras as a platform for their own products. With the Rescue USB Stick, we would like to make things as easy as possible for both our direct customers and for the customers of the corresponding end products - ranging from vision sensors and code readers through to machines of all kinds."

In future, the Rescue USB Stick will be included in the accessory package for the intelligent cameras together with the power supply unit and adapter cable for S-Video and serial interfaces. The SDK with preconfigured toolchain is available free of charge.

With a standard Debian Linux operating system and full access to the ARM9/DSP processor from Texas Instruments, the intelligent cameras from VRmagic provide developers with a convenient platform for programming their own applications. Algorithms can be developed with standard environments such as Visual Studio or Code Composer Studio and transferred to the camera by means of cross-compilers. The host system and camera have the same API. VRmagic adapts the design and configuration of the cameras to customer requirements - from single-board versions through to individual designs with remote sensor. The supported interfaces include Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host, RS232 and General Purpose I/O, Analog Video Output as well as optionally CAN Bus and PROFIBUS.

About VRmagic
Founded in Mannheim, Germany, in 2001, VRmagic develops, manufactures and sells cameras for industrial image processing, optical tracking systems and VR technology. A second business division specializes in simulators for surgical training.

VRmagic GmbH
Augustaanlage 32
68165 Mannheim
Germany

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