Meet the New Storyboard Suite at Embedded World 2017

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Join us at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, March 14-16, to experience the latest and greatest in innovative embedded technology. It’s always an exciting show and we will be there again this year with a booth filled with embedded application UI demos built in Storyboard Suite across a number of platforms. Our passionate UI design professionals will be on hand to showcase the latest features and capabilities in Storyboard Suite, our development framework for building beautiful UIs for embedded systems. If you are at the show, stop by Hall 4/4-270 to say hello and check out demo applications we’ve designed. While there, ask us to show you what’s new in Storyboard Suite for 2D and 3D artists and embedded systems developers.

Interact with Storyboard GUI demos on Embedded Hardware

Hardware. We are bringing so much hardware.
We know that embedded teams want to be able to interact with real demos instead of watching edited videos and listening to us boast about features. Our booth will be brimming with multi-market Storyboard demos on a number of platforms, including:

Our UI demos this year cover a wide range of markets, including automotive, home automation, white goods, medical, and kiosk solutions. All demos have been designed and developed in Storyboard Suite, using the latest features from our upcoming 5.0 release.

In addition, you’ll find Storyboard demos in other booths at the show, including NXP (Hall 4A/4A-220), Embedded Artists (Hall 4/4-544), Toradex (Hall 1/1-639), EBV (Hall 3A/Stand 229), TQ-Systems (Hall 1/1-578), and VeriSilicon (Hall 3/3-510).

Follow us on Twitter to see photos and videos from the exhibition floor throughout the week.

Hear us Speak!

We are fortunate to be speaking at Embedded World this year, so reserve some time on March 14th to learn more about our thoughts on and approaches to UI design and development for embedded systems.

Speaker: Thomas Fletcher, VP Research & Development, Crank Software
Time: March 14th, 5:00 – 5:30 PM
Presentation: Keep Designers in the Driver’s Seat and Build Better User Interfaces

Check out Storyboard Suite 5.0

We are getting set to release Storyboard Suite 5.0  and we are excited to show off the features and capabilities we’ve added for embedded UI design teams. Stop by the booth ask to see it in action.

To learn more about what to expect in the Storyboard Suite 5.0 release, check out our recent webinar, now available on-demand.

If you want to get together with us at Embedded World, please contact us to set up a meeting. Alternatively, just drop by our booth and chat with us. We are friendly Canadians and we’d be happy to talk with you about embedded UI design and maybe hockey and cold winters.

As always, we provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try out Storyboard Suite first hand.

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Driving Excellence in Automotive HMI Design: Storyboard on the NXP i.MX 8 at CES

Whether it’s commuting to and from work, chauffeuring the kids to hockey*, or running errands, we spend countless hours driving on a daily basis. Fortunately for those of us who feel like we live part-time in our cars, technology is evolving at a rapid rate to enhance the driving experience and to allow us to connect with our vehicles more seamlessly and safely.

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If you were at CES last week, you might have noticed a few automotive HMI demos at the show. Every year we see stunning innovation in automotive technology and new features that inspire consumers to hand over their money. (No flying car yet, however.) This year was no exception. CES 2017 showcased the coolest automotive HMI technology from the biggest automakers to small, low-cost suppliers, and everyone in between.

Keeping up with such a fast-growing and ever-changing technology and meeting consumer expectations isn’t an easy feat for automotive HMI design and development teams. Consumer expectations are high. Take a look at your smartphone. Impressive graphics, right? You have a powerful mobile computer that fits in your pocket. It’s a navigation system, audio/video player, and communication device that’s available to you when you need it. We’ve come to expect these same capabilities to be available to us on demand when needed, even in our cars. And we expect them to look great.

So how do teams deliver graphically stunning, connected, responsive, feature-rich automotive HMI experiences? Development teams need a high-performance and reliable processor that can support rich graphics, display to multiple screens, and handle a variety of inputs, such as the NXP i.MX 8. Making high-performance hardware look great and delivering an intuitive user experience is the job of the UI development framework. What consumers see on their car screens is the graphical representation of all of the information and data available to them, from their digital instrument cluster to their in-vehicle infotainment and entertainment displays.

Making Automotive HMIs that meet consumer expectations

It can be challenging for teams to deliver beautiful, user-friendly, and safety-conscious graphical content to a range of automotive displays. They need tools that support the following:

  • Design-centric – Design and user experience are critical to automotive HMIs. To achieve a high-quality design aesthetic and intuitive interaction, it’s critical to keep the designer in control throughout the development process.
  • Collaborative Workflow – Automotive HMIs are often built by teams, not by individuals. The software processes and workflow should support that.
  • Design ChangeIterative design is a reality. From minor tweaks to major updates in artwork, changes can, and should, happen. If it’s painful to iterate the design, it’s more likely that design compromise will occur.
  • Embedded Focus – Hardware for embedded displays has unique capabilities and constraints. The UI development software should have a focus on embedded.

We built Storyboard Suite with these requirements and others in mind. With our vast experience in the embedded marketplace and our focus on making Storyboard Suite feature-rich, yet user-friendly, many companies choose Storyboard for their exciting HMI projects.

Speaking of exciting HMI projects…

NXP showcased a distributed eCockpit and Infotainment at CES 2017 that was built using Storyboard Suite for the i.MX 8.This impressive multi-screen demo was a collaborative effort by NXP and Crank Software and included the following displays:
  • Digital Instrument Cluster
  • Head-up Display
  • In-Vehicle Infotainment
  • Backseat Entertainment

Thanks to the powerful i.MX 8, this demo was able to run four high-resolution screens at frame rates up to 60fps off one processor.

Integrating a mix of 2D and 3D content, the team was able to work collaboratively on the applications using Storyboard’s multi-file support, and seamlessly merge the project files and iterate the design throughout the lifecycle. The 3D models were created with high-fidelity detail to take advantage of the rich GPU capabilities of the i.MX 8.

 

To try Storyboard for your own automotive HMI projects, download a free 30-day trial.

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*So Canadian of me

Attend our Animation Webinar to Build GUIs your Customers Want to Touch

Storyboard Animation Webinar. Create GUIs your customers want to touch.

In our modern connected society, screens are everywhere. In our homes, cars, workplaces, and as we navigate the ‘real world’, screens change how we perform daily tasks, drive, and work. Mobile devices have upped the ante when it comes to touchscreen experience and our expectations for the look and feel of embedded HMI interactions have risen accordingly.

Adding Animations to your GUIs

Flat and static displays don’t scream “touch me”, but they might get the job done. However, a little thoughtful and subtle movement can go a long way in improving not just the aesthetics of a display, but ease-of-use and intuitive interaction. While we don’t advocate you throw every effect and transition available into your design, incorporating responsible and consistent animations can add visual cues to guide the user and help them be successful at their tasks. Animations should enhance, not distract from, the task at hand, so no flashing elements or cat gifs.

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Super cute. But no.

If you are thinking, “What? No cat gifs? Teach me more!”, then you should definitely sign up for our next webinar, on July 27th, 11am EST. In fact, if you are at all responsible for creating GUIs for embedded devices you don’t want to miss this one. Our webinars contain 83% fewer slides than other webinars*, so it will be pretty great.

(Because modern marketing books tell us that readers love lists and that odd-numbered lists are better than even-numbered lists*, here are three reasons to register for our animation webinar.)

3 Reasons to Sign up for our Awesome Animation Webinar

  1. Awareness – Learn more about the benefits and technical considerations of adding animation and movement to GUIs for embedded applications.
  2. Best practices and trends – We’ve been developing applications for embedded systems for many years so experience has taught us a lot about what works and what doesn’t.
  3. Live demos – See live demos of the latest features and functionality in Storyboard Suite that make it easy to create, edit, and tune animations.

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If you can’t attend the live webinar, don’t panic. We always make our webinar recordings available for on-demand viewing.

If you haven’t taken Storyboard Suite for a test drive yet, download a 30-day free evaluation and try it out.

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*It’s possible I made these stats up

Storyboard Suite Automotive HMI demos at Car HMI USA 2016

Crank Software at Car HMI April 25-26

Over the next few months we will be attending several shows to showcase the latest features and functionality in Storyboard Suite 4.2, as well as a number of innovative, multi-market demos we’ve built that highlight the range of application GUIs that can be designed and developed with Storyboard.

First up is automotive with Car HMI USA 2016 next week in Detroit, April 25-26. If you plan to be at the show visit us to check out some automotive HMI demos we’ve built with Storyboard Suite. You’ll be able to touch and interact with the demos and chat with one of our UI designers about his experience using Storyboard Suite to bring his designs to life.

For examples of HMI applications designed with Storyboard Suite, check out the QNX Bentley Concept Car, the Mississippi State University EcoCAR, and demos we brought to CES 2016 earlier this year, including a digital instrument cluster that was part of the QNX Software Systems interactive command center, which showcased vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology.

If you aren’t going to the show, you can always download the 30-day trial and try your hand at making awesome automotive HMIs.

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Crank Software at Embedded World 2016 – GUI Demos from the Booth

Hello from Nuremberg, Germany!

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Some of the Crank Software team getting ready for day 1. What a friendly looking bunch!

Day 1 at Embedded World 2016 brought a lot of attendees to the Crank Software booth to check out some of the demos below and to chat with us about their projects. I think that a common theme that came up in conversations today was how scalable Storyboard Suite is, and the breadth of processors and operating systems that we support.

As proof of this wide range, check out the photos and video of demos from our booth (Hall 4/4-547).

***Updated with Video of Movie Theatre Kiosk***

Storyboard Medical Demo on TQ

Medical demo running on the TQa6x i.MX6, on Linux and with OpenGL ES rendering

Crank Storyboard Suite cluster demo running on Boundary iMX6

Storyboard Suite Digital Instrument Cluster on the BD-SL-i.MX6 board, running Green Hills INTEGRITY OS.

Storyboard Suite dual display running on Texas Instrument's Jacinto 6 on QNX

Storyboard Suite dual display running on Texas Instrument’s Jacinto 6 on QNX (Image 1 of 2)

Storyboard Suite dual display running on Texas Instrument's Jacinto 6 on QNX

Storyboard Suite dual display running on Texas Instrument’s Jacinto 6 on QNX (Image 2 of 2)

Movie Theatre Kiosk demo built with Storyboard Suite and running on the NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus

Movie Theatre Kiosk demo built with Storyboard Suite and running on the NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus on Linux with OpenGL ES rendering

Storyboard Suite home automation demo on the Atmel SAM A5D4X on Linux with Monotype font rendering

Storyboard Suite home automation demo on the Atmel SAM A5D4X on Linux with Monotype font rendering

Storyboard Suite white goods and home automation demos on STM32 series hardware running RealRTOS

Storyboard Suite white goods and home automation demos on STM32 series hardware running FreeRTOS

Storyboard Suite home automation demo on the Renesas RZ/A1 on Linux

Storyboard Suite home automation demo on the Renesas RZ/A1 on Linux

Smart home demo designed with Storyboard Suite on the NXP i.MX 6SoloX

Home automation demo designed with Storyboard Suite on the NXP i.MX 6SoloX

Storyboard Suite white goods (washing machine) demo on the i.MX 6UltraLite

Storyboard Suite white goods (washing machine) demo on the i.MX 6UltraLite

If seeing these demos makes you want to try out Storyboard Suite, download a 30-day free evaluation and start designing today.

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