Crank GUI Development at CES

Crank GUI Design Tool at CES

With the holiday season now in our rearview mirror, it’s time for what many technology lovers consider the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s time to get your geek on at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Vegas! And speaking of geeks, we are sending a couple of Crank’s finest.

Brian and Jason will be getting their steps in on the Vegas strip, checking out the latest trends in consumer electronics at the show. CES provides a great opportunity to see where technology is heading and helps us stay in lockstep when we are developing Storyboard features and building new embedded applications. If you are planning to be at the show and want to connect with us, send us an email. We are stereotypical friendly Canadians and would be happy to show you demos of GUIs built with Storyboard, our embedded GUI design tool, and give you a sneak peek at features we’ve been working on for our upcoming release.

Meet Brian and Jason

Embedded GUI Development for the kitchen of tomorrow

We will be showing off kitchen appliance GUI demos at FoodTech Live @ CES, the first food tech event at CES. If you are lucky enough to be attending this premiere event, make sure you stop by and say HI. We will be demoing this Storyboard-built multimodal smart oven demo that incorporates voice as an input. Snips voice technology runs completely on-device which keeps data private and allows for offline functionality.

This Snips voice-activated demo ties into a panel discussion “Exploring Voice and AI-Powered Interfaces For The Kitchen” that Jason Clarke, Crank co-founder, participated in at the recent Smart Kitchen Summit. Jason also had the opportunity to have a chat with the fine folks at The Spoon during the summit, to discuss innovation in smart kitchen appliances and the future of embedded HMI.

See you in Vegas!

Developing beautiful UIs for the new NXP i.MX RT1060

Storyboard Suite for the NXP i.MX RT1060

*** This post was written in collaboration with Garry, our delightful UK Field Application Engineer. Garry visited the new Crank headquarters this week and, being a team player, he grabbed a baseball glove and helped the Crank softball team (nearly) win a game in the local high-tech league! ***

This week at the NXP Connects event in Shenzhen, China, NXP announced the new i.MX RT1060 Crossover Processor with an Arm® Cortex®-M7 core.

Working closely with the NXP i.MX team, we helped create a new application demo to support the product launch. Our white goods demo features a washing machine front panel GUI to demonstrate Storyboard Suite’s animation capabilities for embedded devices, which helps bring life to modern GUIs.

The i.MX RT1060 has increased memory resources which enable higher resolution and larger form-factor LCD panels to be deployed such as with the new 5 inch 800×480 LCD fitted to the EVK used in our demo.

We developed this demo using the Storyboard FreeRTOS Cortex M7 runtime engine, which is supported with the latest Storyboard 5.3 and RTOS SDK. The combination of this lightweight real-time OS and our optimized graphics runtime engine allows us to achieve the fast cold-boot times you can see in the video

We are running application code directly from on-board QSPI flash using an eXecute In Place (XIP) configuration along with graphical resources and images streamed directly from flash for minimized CPU loading. For this launch demo, we worked with the early beta board support package (BSP) tools and drivers from NXP.

We are currently working on a Storyboard Suite demo image for you to download for the RT1060. Subscribe to the Crank blog to be notified when it’s available.

In the meantime, try Storyboard Suite for yourself. Start your free, 30-day trial now and see how easy it is to create beautiful embedded GUIs from concept to production.

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Creating innovative user experiences for VxWorks platforms

Crank Software Storyboard Suite support for Wind River VxWorks

Powering billions of intelligent products, Wind River VxWorks has long been a trusted real-time operating system (RTOS) for deploying embedded products and systems. With wide processor support, broad connectivity, and proven real-time performance and reliability, we are excited that VxWorks is a supported platform for bringing world-class Storyboard Suite applications to market.

At Embedded World 2018, we showcased an innovative programmable full-color dashboard display, built by Bosch Motorsport and running on VxWorks. The DDU 10 user interface was developed using Storyboard Suite and has configurable pages for customizing motorsport applications. Check out the video from Embedded World to see it in action.

 

Tutorial: Defining and Testing UI Communication

One of the most exciting new features from the Storyboard 5.2 release is Storyboard Connector. Storyboard Connector makes it easy for teams to define the events that are passed back and forth between the UI and the backend system processes. Once a team defines their events in Storyboard Connector’s event editor, the UI and system teams are able to develop and iterate faster while working in parallel.

Tutorial: Define and test UI communication

Let’s see it in action! In the video below, Nik will give a quick tutorial on the following capabilities in Storyboard Connector.

  • Define an event
  • Test the event during simulation
  • Export a C/C++ header of the events for the development team

Test drive Storyboard 5.2 for yourself. We provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try it out first hand.

 

Crank Software earns John Deere Supplier Innovation award

Crank Software wins John Deere Innovation Award

We were proud and honored to receive the 2017 John Deere Supplier Innovation Award last month at a ceremony in Bettendorf, Iowa. The award, in recognition of innovation in the Electronic Controls division, is part of John Deere’s Achieving Excellence program.

Innovation isn’t just something we talk about here at Crank. It’s something we strive to deliver every time we build a product roadmap and plan a feature list for a release. The embedded industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and the high expectations driven by the adoption of modern smartphone technology don’t allow for complacency in design. With Storyboard Suite, we make it easier for our customers to bring innovative, high-performance HMI experiences to market.

Test drive Storyboard for yourself. We provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try it out first hand. The evaluation contains our latest release, Storyboard 5.2.