Meet Crank at Embedded World

Embedded World

With the abundance of innovative technologies for embedded product development on display, Embedded World is one of our favorite events of the year, and we are prepping for a busy and exciting show.

If you are at Embedded World, visit Crank (Hall 4, booth 459) and talk to our experts about:

  • How to reduce BOM costs with Storyboard Lite
  • How to reduce power draw with hybrid rendering on the i.MX 7ULP
  • Getting a live demo of pre-release of Storyboard 6.0
  • Who’s using Storyboard to get to market faster

Reduce BOM costs with Storyboard Lite

Storyboard has been helping customers build rich, animated GUIs on microcontrollers such as NXP’s i.MX RT series, STM’s STM32Fx, and others for many years. What’s changed with the introduction of Storyboard Lite is that it further reduces resource requirements to allow our customers to save on platform costs by excluding external memory controllers in many cases.

Storyboard Lite still utilizes the same beloved GUI development environment that Crank is known for but now allows customers to take their designs to new depths.

Reduce power draw with Crank hybrid rendering

Power draw and battery life are critical for many embedded devices, in addition to delivering remarkable user experiences. To provide the quality demanded by today’s consumers the use of a 3D GPU is required, but this comes with the cost of utilizing more power. With Crank’s new hybrid rendering on the NXP i.MX 7ULP, your GUI can automatically switch between using different rendering backends depending on the requirements of the application at any given time. Use the 3D GPU when it’s required but fall back to using the more power-friendly G2D rendering when it isn’t, and save between 30% on power utilization without any extra effort. Come and talk to us about it!

Get a live demo of the pre-release of Storyboard 6.0

Be one of the cool kids and be the first to get a look at Storyboard 6.0. Our development team has once again been hard at work adding new features and streamlining the workflow for designers and developers. At Embedded World we will be using and showing off the latest features targeted for our release this Spring, including:

  • the ability for designers to better see design states, allowing you to visualize different modes of your interface
  • visibility into live metrics on memory usage as you build your UI, giving you instant feedback on how your design decisions affect performance
  • translation automation for a streamlined internationalization process for a global market

See who’s using Storyboard to get to market faster

Every year more and more customers are discovering how using Storyboard gets them to market better and faster. This year is no exception, and at the Crank booth, we will be showing in-market products from multiple fortune 500 companies. Some of the highlights include customers in the home appliance, beverage dispenser, and wifi thermostats markets, and more!

Book a meeting at Embedded World

Come visit us! We are friendly Canadians with a love for embedded technology. We’d love to talk to you about GUI embedded development.

Try it now: NXP i.MX 6ULL demo image

i.MX 6ULL demo image

Curious to see Storyboard Suite in action on your hardware? Our pre-built and packaged demos make it easy for you to test drive different types of applications designed for specific hardware platforms, letting you experience the powerful controls and smooth animations that create beautiful UIs.

i.MX 6ULL demo for medical, white goods, and home automation

This image includes everything you need to get up and running on an i.MX 6ULL platform in minutes, offering the following demos:

  • Smart washing machine – drill down into operational settings and track progress through cycles
  • Medical – browse through typical patient diagnostics, electronic health records (EHR), and security verification
  • Home automation – play with temperature controls, check out local weather, and customize lighting throughout the floorplan

Also included are instructions for flashing the image to an SD card and running it on your own board.

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To try Storyboard Suite for yourself, start your free trial now and see how easy it is to create beautiful embedded UIs from concept to production.

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Embedded World 2017: Storyboard UI Demos

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Crank Software Inc – Team at Embedded World 2017

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” That’s good because I am currently drowning in photos and videos from Embedded World 2017. With over 30,000 attendees at the show, we had the opportunity to talk to people with a wide variety of skill sets and job titles. We brought a lot of hardware to Germany again this year which is always a great conversation starter. People were thrilled to see the breadth of platform support and to have the opportunity to interact with Storyboard UI demos on actual targets.

Check out these photos of demos from our booth (Hall 4/4-270) and demos that we spied in some partner booths.

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Multi-Market Storyboard Demo on NXP i.MX 6UltraLite

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MNXP i.MX 7UltraLowPower

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Storyboard Distributed eCockpit running on NXP i.MX8

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Movie Kiosk, IoT Home, and 3D Automotive Cluster on the NXP i.MX6QuadPlus

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Movie Kiosk, Robotic Arm, and Home IoT Demo on the Toradex Colibri i.MX 6DualLite

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Home Automation Demo on the ST32F746 running FreeRTOS

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the ST32F429 running FreeRTOS

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the Atmel SAMA5D2

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the Atmel SAMA5D4

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the Renesas RZ/A1

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Storyboard Robotic Arm Demo on the Embedded Artists i.MX 6SoloX

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Storyboard Automotive Cluster on the TI Jacinto 6 running QNX

Our demos were also featured in other booths throughout the conference, including the NXP booth. Check out this distributed eCockpit on the i.MX 8, designed in Storyboard Suite.

In case you hadn’t heard, we recently released Storyboard Suite 5.0, so download a 30-day free evaluation and take it for a test drive. To try some of the demos showcased in the booth at Embedded World, download our easy-to-use demo images.

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See Storyboard User Interface Demos on your Hardware

Storyboard Suite User Interface Demo Images

When working with any embedded platform it’s helpful to be able to quickly validate its capabilities and performance before investing the time and resources to create and deploy applications. Pre-built and packaged demos make it easy to test drive hardware with applications designed to its specifications.

Over the past several months we’ve been building a demo image library of application user interfaces created in Storyboard for a variety of platforms and hardware. Each demo image is built for a specific target with its unique capabilities, constraints, performance, and screen form factor in mind. The Storyboard user interface demos are packaged with simple instructions for getting the applications up and running on your target quickly.

Browse our library of Storyboard demos for platforms from NXP, STMicroelectronics, Microchip, and more. We will be adding new demos in the coming months, so check back often.

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Here’s an example of one of the Storyboard demo images, a multi-market demo on the NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus:

Download a free 30-day trial to test drive Storyboard and create your own application UIs.

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

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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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