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, Atmel, 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).

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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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Storyboard Suite HMI Round-up from CES 2016

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CES 2016 was earlier this month and we’re still reeling from trying to take in the sheer volume of innovative technology that was showcased. It’s mind-blowing just how much you can fit in a paltry 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. If you were at the show, we forgive you if you didn’t catch the Storyboard Suite HMI demos, especially given hoverboards were banned, leaving you to walk a million miles to see everything.

Don’t despair. We have photos and video to share from the show.

Photos & Video from Storyboard Suite Automotive and IoT HMI Demos 

From innovative digital instrument clusters to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, Storyboard Suite automotive HMI demos were showcased in many booths at CES, including VisteonTexas Instruments, QNX Software Systems, and others.

This quick Vine video from Visteon shows a dual OLED display with an innovative HMI designed in Storyboard Suite, with a second display remaining hidden until additional content is required:

This Periscope video from Texas Instruments shows a digital instrument cluster designed with Storyboard Suite:

 

Digital Instrument Clusters Photos

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This Digital Instrument Cluster was one of two clusters designed with Crank Storyboard Suite as part of the QNX Software Systems interactive command center at CES, which showcased vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology.

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Texas Instruments EvoCar Digital Instrument Cluster designed with Crank Storyboard Suite

Home Automation Photos

CES 2016 highlighted the best in smart home technologies, and we are thrilled that Storyboard Suite was behind exciting home automation demos at the event. NXP’s Internet of Tomorrow Tour, a giant trailer housing over 100 demos, showcased a home automation demo designed for FTF2015 by Crank Software and Freescale. In addition, our friends at Atmel demoed a home automation application designed with Storyboard Suite.

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NXP Internet of Tomorrow Tour – Storyboard Suite home automation demo

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Storyboard Suite home automation demo on the Atmel SAMA5D4, featuring video playback

The Crank Software demos at CES 2016 were created with the (very) soon-to-be-released Storyboard Suite 4.2 version, which will deliver new exciting functionality for GUI designers working with 3D graphics, including FBX support to enable integration of animated 3D models in Storyboard Designer, and support for advanced 3D multi-mesh models. We’ve further streamlined the design experience with group templates, multi-step animation recording, and a new Animation Preview that gives designers the capability to quickly view changes to animations directly in Storyboard Designer.

To find out more about what to expect in the Storyboard Suite 4.2 release, check out our recent webinar, now available on-demand.

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Storyboard Suite & the Atmel SAMA5D4: Innovation in Home Automation

Home automation provides a convenient way to control home appliances and systems. Making life easier for homeowners, it also saves energy by programming devices and systems to operate within certain requirements. Controls for home automation can be as simple as dimming lights via a remote or as feature-rich as a network of home systems programmed with a main controller or mobile device.

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The “Smart Home”, outfitted with cutting edge home automation technology, might be a Geek’s* paradise, but has also become more mainstream for a number of reasons.

1. Energy doesn’t come cheap

A big driver is the cost of heating and powering our homes. Energy isn’t getting any cheaper, and aiming to decrease energy consumption is a mission of the financially savvy and environmentally conscious among us. Using a home automation system to pre-program home temperatures or to set appliances to run during peak hours saves electricity. That means more money for Friday night takeout.

2. Keeping our homes – and families – safe

You weren’t expecting visitors? Check out the interface of your home automation system to see who’s knocking at your door at 11pm. Home security systems are gaining in technology prowess and complexity. Designing an intuitive interface to interact with security systems increases security and safety, and by association, peace of mind.

3. Because convenience

Smart homes lend convenience to busy households. Well-designed home automation interfaces allow homeowners to interact with and control their homes in ways that maximize convenience and savings.

The best home automation interfaces are designed with users in mind. Simplicity is key, but intuitive and easy-to-use controllers require elegant design, exhaustive testing, and multiple iterations, which can be time intensive. Designing with Storyboard Suite allows teams to keep UX and UI designers engaged in the entire development process, resulting in systems that are finely tuned and highly functional, without dragging out timelines.

A simple, easy-to-use home automation demo, built with Storyboard Suite

Check out the following home automation demo on the Atmel SAMA5D4, featuring video playback. This interactive user interface was built with Storyboard Suite to manage various aspects of a home, including lighting, heating & cooling, and home security.

*We use the word “geek” with much admiration and respect, obviously.