Experience the Evolution of Embedded GUI Design at Embedded World 2016

Storyboard Suite GUI Design at Embedded World 2016

From February 23-25 the best in innovative embedded technology will be unleashed at Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany. This not-to-be-missed event will attract over 900 exhibitors from 42 countries. Crank Software will be there, and we are bringing a team of passionate embedded GUI design professionals with us to showcase the latest features and capabilities in Crank Storyboard Suite, our design and development platform for building stunning GUIs for embedded systems. If you are among the 25,000 visitors expected at Embedded World 2016, stop by Hall 4/4-547 to check out our latest embedded GUI demos and ask us to show you what’s new in Storyboard Suite for graphic artists, 3D designers, and embedded systems developers.

See Storyboard Suite GUI demos on a wide range of hardware

Our booth will be brimming with multi-market Storyboard Suite demos on a number of operating systems, including Green Hills Software, QNX Software Systems, Linux, FreeRTOS; running on a variety of platforms, including:

Our embedded GUI 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 4.2 release.

While you’re making the rounds at the exhibit, check out some of our partners showcasing beautiful demos built with Storyboard Suite technology, including Green Hills Software (Hall 4/4-325), Atmel (Hall 4A/4A-238), NXP (Hall 4A/4A-220), and others.

We will be live-blogging from the event, and sharing photos and videos of Storyboard Suite from the exhibition floor.

Check out the soon-to-be released Storyboard Suite 4.2

Our Storyboard Suite 4.2 release is right around the corner, and we are excited to show off the features and capabilities we’ve added for embedded GUI design teams. Stop by the booth ask to see live demos.

If you want to get together with us at embedded world, please contact us to set up a meeting. Alternatively, come by our booth and chat with us. The Crank team are stereotypical friendly Canadians!

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

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

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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 at Car HMi Concepts & Systems 2014

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Cars driving by themselves. In-car gaming and entertainment while avoiding distraction. Voice recognition to allow us to have conversations with our cars about route navigation and weather. Mobile device integration with car systems.

Automotive UI Development by Crank using Storyboard Suite

All of this and more was discussed at Car HMi Concepts & Systems in Berlin, and with user interface (UI) design being a major theme through all of the topics at the show, Crank will was there to take part in the conversation. Crank Storyboard Suite has been the UI tool of choice behind many automotive projects, and we continue to innovate our tools and services in support of building rich HMIs for automotive.

kitt-315-b-1207Our booth included demos of automotive applications built with Storyboard Suite. We didn’t bringing canned, prerecorded demos of Storyboard, however, we showed how intuitive and fast it is to take existing designs from Photoshop, import them into Storyboard, and turn them into functioning application prototypes on a target device.

Check out a demo of Crank’s Storyboard Suite in the QNX Concept Car

 

Designing User Friendly Applications

Was passed along these 8 tips for designing user friendly applications the other day.  It is a quick read, and pretty good general advice … in particular about providing a consistent behaviour. 

The only item in the list that gave me a moment of pause was “Be creative, but not inventive“.  Why not be both I wonder?  How much does the risk of being too different compare to the reward of developing the next iPod type of user interface? 

Considering that the author works at SAP, and is likely targetting an audio of business tooling software developers, perhaps that is sage advice for that audience, in that context.  I think that in other markets, other user interface contexts, the advice is not as much a rule as a guideline. 

If your application is oriented at the PC desktop world, then you likely aren’t going to be revolutionizing the world with a new user interface any time soon, the bumptop desktop is a great example[1].  Non-rectangular UI elements, animated graphics, application re-skinning and task oriented UI changes is about as revolutionary as you’ll get.

Consumer devices tend to lead the way when it comes to pushing the envelope on user interface innovation.  Likely because their lifecycle is such that any success can be repeated and any failure can quickly be forgetten as ‘yet another dropped product’.  It may also be due to the fact that they are not limited (or empowered?) by the traditional input devices so new ways of connecting the user to the data they interacting with need to be created.

I’d like to see more creativity and more inventiveness in application user interfaces and we hope that that is something that Storyboard Suite is going to help our customers achieve.

Thomas   

 [1]: Don’t get me wrong, I love Bumptop.  I think that it is unique, cool and occasionally more usefull than my standard desktop.  Where it would be massively useful would be if I used a tablet interface the size of my coffee table, but alas I don’t have one of these