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.

Smart Home GUI Design

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.

HMI demos and Storyboard Suite at TU-Automotive Detroit 2015

TU-Automotive Detroit is just around the corner, June 3-4 in Novi, Michigan, so we are getting the Storyboard Suite demos ready to hit the road. This is a great automotive show to check out the latest in connected car technology, autonomous driving, safety & security, mobility, and more!

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See us at TU-Automotive Detroit, June 3-4

HMI & Storyboard Suite demos in the Crank booth, C113

Stop by the Crank Software booth (C113) to see some cool automotive HMI cluster and infotainment demos on a variety of platforms, created by our talented design team using Storyboard Suite. In addition, we will be demoing the ease of designing, developing, and deploying rich HMIs with the latest features in Storyboard, so be sure to talk to us about taking a tour of our tool suite.

Partner demos

While cruising the show floor, visit the QNX Software Systems booth, #C92, to see a digital instrument cluster developed with Storyboard Suite.
Speaking of QNX, check out a recent guest post we contributed to the QNX Auto blog, to learn more about designing automotive clusters.

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 Previous automotive HMIs developed with Storyboard Suite

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QNX Concept Car – Bentley Center Stack created with Storyboard Suite

Three Changes Affecting Graphical User Interface (GUI) Design

GUI Design Crank StoryboardGUI design is changing, both the process and the end product a customer interacts with on a device. This is in response to a changing market. Screens are everywhere. Refrigerators and laundry machines have interactive displays. Home automation systems are becoming more mainstream.  Our cars have technologically advanced infotainment systems and clusters that rival my 80’s dreams of the future KITT car.  The prevalence of screens has created a shift in how user interfaces are created.

There are three major GUI design changes that affect how we now need to work:

Mobile has raised expectations

The rise of mobile has raised the bar for aesthetics and user experience. There’s no room for old school graphics that include bland buttons and monochrome displays. Mobile devices have opened up users to rich UIs that are responsive, crisp, and elegant. Embedded applications have to live up to that experience.

Project teams are evolving

Due to the requirement to build richer user experiences, development teams have grown to include designers. This means tools and development processes have to extend to include them.

Graphics are created. And changed. And then changed again.

Design change is inevitable because applications are tested and re-tested. The UI is continuously evolving and requiring updates. Designers no longer hand over a mockup to a developer to visually represent with code and then walk away. The graphics have to change, which means the designer stays engaged in the process.

To respond to the changes in the market, tools for GUI design have to evolve. Processes have to be able to respond to change.

Check out our recent webinar with Freescale, to see how Storyboard Suite responds to the call for GUI design changes.

Also, view this quick video demo that we used in the webinar that showcases how Storyboard Suite is different.

 

Embedded World Day 1 recap – The GUI of Things

Just a quick update from Day 1 at Embedded World 2015 – more of a photo blog today. Pictures are more fun anyway. (As the Crank writer, it pains me to write that.)

The buzz at the show is all around the Internet of Things, or the IoT. We were spreading the word of Crank Storyboard Suite being the GUI of Things, because the end nodes of the IoT ecosystem often require devices with interfaces. The GoT just might catch on. The GUIot perhaps?

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The booth, before the exhibition opened yesterday. We packed 10 demos in the booth and 2 stations for showing off Storyboard Suite.

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3D car cluster runing on Green HIlls INTEGRITY OS and the iMX6 Sabre Lite

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Medical demo running on Linux on the TI AM437x

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Home security demo running on Linux on the Renesas RZ/A1

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Treadmill demo featuring video playback on Linux on the Atmel SAM A5D4X

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Washing machine demo on Linux on the Fujitsu IdeaBoxx

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Multi-market application demo on Linux on the new Freescale iMX 6SoloX

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Automotive cluster demo running on FreeRTOS on the STM32x

Day 2 starts….NOW. Follow @cranksoftware on Twitter for live updates.

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To see photos of Crank Storyboard Suite in our partner’s booths, check out the coverage from Day 2.