Thanks NXPconnects!

The big news for NXPconnects attendees last week wasn’t the scorching heat wave running through San Jose, rather it was the announcements, demos, and talks surrounding autonomous vehicles. Visitors to our booth were treated to our stunning 3D automotive cluster demo running on the NXP i.MX6QuadPlus, along with other examples of how we accelerate and improve user interface (UI) development.

Most visitors to our booth were hardware and software practitioners curious about how Storyboard Suite improves UI development and what markets we target. While Nick answered the business reasons, Thomas demonstrated the real-world implications on a live system:

  • You can go from design to deployment in minutes, with Storyboard’s Adobe Photoshop import tool and variety of deployment methods, including running on a desktop simulator or using SCP transfer to real targets
  • By allowing designers and developers to work together in the same environment, neither is dependent on or gets delayed by the other, resulting in a much faster time to release
  • Talking about Photoshop again, the final UI is much more rich and engaging because the designer’s intent is put into production – no more forcing the UI to fit pre-packaged widgets or limiting it to software constraints

People were immediately hooked by taking a design to target quickly and it led to questions about what platforms we support (everything from MCUs to MPUs, with little compromise in UI features) and production readiness (every deployment is production ready). Our partnership with NXP has never been better and together we can help you realize UIs that are beautiful, engaging, and highly performant.

Our partnership with NXP has never been better and together we can help you realize UIs that are beautiful, engaging, and highly performant.

Stay tuned for news on how we support the NXP i.MX 8 series of processors to get maximum UI performance on powerful, highly efficient boards.

To learn more about Storyboard Suite, check out our latest on-demand webinars.

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Thanks TU Detroit!

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At any given moment last week, the more than 3000 attendees at TU Detroit were talking about autonomous vehicles, safety, and cybersecurity, while in our booth, we spoke to many automotive design and development leaders who wanted to bring it all together within rich, engaging HMIs.

Here are some of the things that Brian and Nik talked about with them in our booth – the current and future state of automotive HMI development.

  • Good (great!) HMI design is critical for user adoption and brand loyalty, especially now that more connected systems are being fed through a small number of panels in the vehicle
  • Combining safety with stunning visuals is a big challenge. Brian spent a lot of time with connected car and design leaders in front of our 3D cockpit demo running on the BlackBerry QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters and NXP i.MX 6. Bringing together an ISO 26262 pre-certified platform and a fast, engaging UI built by Storyboard Suite led to some great conversations.
Demo: Storyboard + BlackBerry QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters

Demo: Storyboard + BlackBerry QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters

“Engineers go into the dark for two months, then come back with a UI that’s ruined my design vision!”

  • This was a common story from designers and led Nik to demonstrate how Storyboard enables designers to work in Photoshop, developers to work in code, and maintains the vision of both. This short video explains how:

  • Development leads want to deliver more and do it in less time. This isn’t a new concept for software but it is a challenge for automotive teams trying to keep up with new technologies and consumer demands. For HMI development, a major time consumer is design iterations, as versions are built, validated, and adjusted based on user feedback and differences between designer expectations and developer realities. Storyboard helps teams fly through iterations with tools such as Photoshop re-import, graphical comparison tools, and rapid deployment on a variety of targets.
  • Great HMIs aren’t limited to automotive, as vendors asked questions about supporting platforms outside the car, such as smart home devices and wearables. Storyboard supports them all, across a wide range of hardware and operating systems.

We also heard good things about our demo in the Texas Instruments booth, running on Green Hills Software INTEGRITY.

To learn more about Storyboard Suite, check out our latest on-demand webinars.

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See us at NXP FTF Connects in San Jose

NXP FTF Connects 2017

Less than two weeks away, NXP FTF Connects in San Jose brings together developers, thought leaders, vendors, and OEMs for two days of education and inspiration around the Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous vehicle revolution.

We’ll be there to showcase the latest in automotive HMI and IoT user interface (UI) development, including the only platform that lets designers and developers work side-by-side to create amazing user experiences on a wide range of NXP productsStoryboard Suite.

HMI cluster & infotainment demos – see the future of automotive interfaces and just how much you can pack onto today’s NXP platforms.

Multi-market demos – whether you’re in the medical, smart home, industrial or consumer/white goods industry, we have the UI expertise and demos for you. You can download them for different NXP platforms here to get a preview of what we’ll be showing.

Storyboard Suite demos – think you can build a user interface is less than 12 minutes? We’ll walk you through the entire UI creation process, from Adobe Photoshop to deploying and debugging on a real target.

We’re also giving a talk on the best strategies to create beautiful user experiences for the IoT.

The GUI of Things: 5 strategies to create beautiful user experiences for the IoT

When: Wednesday,  June 21, 10:15 A.M.
Presenter: Thomas Fletcher, V.P. Research & Development, Crank Software, Inc.
Room: Carmel
What: Creating the best user experience for the IoT offers unique challenges, as the “system” consists of multiple pieces of hardware with varying capabilities and users demand the same rich, personalized interfaces that they get on their mobile phones. This session explains why user interface (UI) development for the IoT is different and identifies five ways to evolve development processes to meet current needs for beautiful, engaging experiences that also meet shorter release timelines.

This presentation will cover how the UI designer and developer can work better together, streamlining the addition of animations and behavior, reducing iteration churn, validating designs quickly, and the benefits of encapsulated architecture. It will also include a live demo of Crank Software’s Storyboard Suite on the high-performance NXP i.MX series applications processor that pulls all these strategies together.

We’re expecting FTF Connects to be very busy, so drop an email to Nick, our intrepid sales manager, to set up a time to chat and see Storyboard Suite in action.

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Visit us at TU-Automotive Detroit next week

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TU-Automotive Detroit is only a week away (June 7-8, in Novi, MI), and we’re busy finalizing, flashing, and packing some really cool demos for you to see. To witness the latest in automotive HMI development, including the only platform that lets designers and developers work side-by-side, drop by booth C240 for a chat.

Here’s what you’ll see:

HMI cluster & infotainment demos – see the future of automotive interfaces and just how much you can pack onto today’s processors. We’ll be showing our latest designer’s creations running on the NXP i.MX 8 platform.

BlackBerry QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters – we’ve taken the BlackBerry QNX Digital Instrument Cluster Platform, built an instrument cluster in Storyboard Suite, and flashed it to an NXP i.MX 6 System on a Chip (SoC) to deliver a fast UI on a robust cluster platform. Come check it out!

For light reading, you can check out our guest post about digital instrument cluster design on the QNX Auto Blog.

Storyboard Suite demos – think you can build a user interface is less than 12 minutes? Nik Schultz, our talented field applications guru, will walk you through UI creation, from Adobe Photoshop to deploying on a real target. In his own words:

“We can do the work of a designer and developer, including adding animations and backend event logic, before you’ll run out of questions.”

We’re expecting TU-Automotive to be very busy, so drop an email to our president, Brian Edmond, to set up a time to chat and see Storyboard Suite in action.

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Webinar: A better way to build UIs with Embedded Artists

Crank Software & Embedded Artists webinar

***NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND***

Whether you’re an embedded user interface (UI) designer, developer, or team lead, you’ve probably come across these issues before:

  • Designer: The final product doesn’t look like the design I created
  • Developer: Finding or building a board that fits our functional, performance, and environmental requirements is nearly impossible
  • Team lead: Do I delay the release to get the UI design just right? Can I accept the tradeoffs between design and development? Does my budget allow for the board my developer wants to build?

The embedded UI development process shouldn’t be this hard and, in fact, it’s pretty easy to overcome all these issues and more.

Accelerate UI development now

On June 1st, join Crank Software and Embedded Artists to learn how to bring designers and developers together on low-risk, low-cost hardware using Storyboard Suite on NXP i.MX 7-based computer-on-modules (COM). Crank Software will demonstrate features that support ease-of-use for designers and simplify the challenge of inevitable design churn and iteration. This includes: design import and re-import from Adobe Photoshop, creating vibrant animations via the built-in timeline, and seeing how to quickly deploy and debug your app on real embedded hardware.

Be fast like this cat

Deliver UIs as fast as this cat

Embedded Artists will explain how their COM boards and display adapter solutions accelerate development across display types and resolutions, making it easy to focus on your core business and deliver applications faster. This build or buy calculator illustrates the costs of building your own boards.

3 reasons to sign up

  1. Learn how to reduce (or eliminate!) the churn between design and development
  2. Find out how purpose-built COM boards and adapter solutions accelerate time to release
  3. If you don’t believe the words, see how quickly it can all be done via live demonstrations

You can also ask questions at any time to help understand how all this fits into your team.

Accelerating UI development with Crank Software & Embedded Artists
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 A.M EDT or 1:00 P.M EDT

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If you can’t attend the live webinar, don’t panic. Our webinar recordings are always available here for on-demand viewing.