TPL is developing a low-cost hearing aid based on the company's Seaforth, a 24-core processor that uses VentureForth , a Forth-based IDE that includes interactive programming, testing, and debugging facilities. VentureForth includes compilers for both Windows and Linux and a simulator for debugging, and contains low-level primitives as well as the high-level tools necessary to map programs across the array of cores in a SEAforth processor.
According to company, the hearing aid should be able to be sold over the counter for about $100 and can be customized by users via a standard PC. The hearing aid is worn behind the ear, rather than insidered into the ear canal, a process that requires insertion and tuning by audiologists.
Also, a 40-core processor version of the device is in the works, says the company. The SEAForth 40C18 Architecture is described here. Chuck Moore, co-founder and CTO of TPL, is the creator of the Forth programming language.