TEL AVIV and WASHINGTON—XTEND, The developer of XOS, a human-guided autonomous operating system, announced a partnership with edge artificial intelligence and computer vision company SightX, which will see the company’s data processing capabilities further enrich XTEND’s award-winning XOS operating system.
SightX is the latest addition to XTEND’s XOS app store, and its ground-breaking software will provide drones, robots and smart devices on XOS with an advanced multi-object data acquisition engine. This will boost their ability to recognize and track objects, understand scenes and analyze situations in real time. The partnership further validates XOS’s promise of keeping humans in the AI-driven loop of autonomous drone operations by offering effective, practical autonomy that allows them to connect and interact with drones remotely, safely and intuitively.
Rubi Liani, XTEND’s cofounder and CTO, explained the partnership’s advantages: “XOS enables true human and machine collaboration, on the ground, in any scenario,” said Rubi Liani, XTEND’s cofounder and CEO. “Scalable and flexible, XOS makes any drone a software-defined drone, and our app store and open architecture approach means we can continue to expand our operating systems’ capabilities dramatically. SightX’s technology has become a key component of our AI application layer, alongside our own proprietary technology and other third-party applications. In fact, our collaboration with SightX is already helping several Tier 1 global customers enhance their drone operations today.”
The XTEND’s XOS app store is open to third-party app developers to publish and deploy their software using XTEND’s software development kit. The store already includes applications for multiple mission types, including apps that can control a drone’s position and extract data, control payloads such as robotic claws or advanced gas or cyber detectors, or inspect faulty oil and gas industrial infrastructure. The app store also enables hardware developers to expand the capabilities of their own drones and robots according to their target market. Providing an easily deployable OS for third-party drones or robots gives any device the ability to connect to and benefit from the capabilities of XOS and join its growing ecosystem.
“As a software company, we understand the value of partnering with best-in-class technology providers like SightX, to boost our hardware-agnostic operating system’s ability to control our own or third-party drones, robots and smart devices,” Liani said. “That is why we believe that XOS will become the operating system of choice for anyone who is looking to maximize the potential of their drones and robotic systems, while decreasing the risks posed to their teams’ lives or concerns around lack of human oversight.”