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 various operating systems, and running on hardware from NXP, Texas Instruments, Renesas, AtmelSTMicroelectronics, and others.

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 GUIs at CES 2016

Crank Storyboard Suite at CES 2016

With 2015 winding down, we are busy preparing for an exciting start to 2016 with our much-anticipated Storyboard Suite 4.2 release and a number of technology shows. First up is CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 6-9. If you are planning to be at the show and want to connect with us, send us an email. We’d be happy to show you demos of GUIs built with Storyboard Suite and give you a sneak peek at features we’ve been working on for our upcoming release.

Storyboard Suite GUI demos at CES

CES is an opportunity for companies to show off the latest in tech, so you’ll see a lot of cool products and cutting-edge concepts at the show. We are excited that Storyboard is the graphic design tool suite behind a number of rich embedded GUIs and HMI experiences to be showcased at CES.

From Automotive HMI Experiences to the Connected Home

Modern automotive HMI experiences require intuitive, high-performance GUIs to ensure convenience and safety. From innovative digital instrument cluster design to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, you’ll see examples of Storyboard Suite automotive HMI demos from many companies at CES, including VisteonTexas InstrumentsGreen Hills Software, and more.

Our homes are rapidly becoming smarter and more connected, leading to increased comfort, convenience, and security. CES provides a great opportunity to showcase smart home technologies, and Storyboard Suite is behind exciting home automation demos at the event. NXP’s Internet of Tomorrow Tour will be rolling into Las Vegas, and will be hard to miss, given it’s a massive trailer housing over 100 demos. On board is the home automation demo designed for FTF2015 by Crank Software and Freescale. Atmel will also be demoing a home automation application designed with Storyboard Suite.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of Storyboard demos at CES. You’ll find other applications and exciting projects at the show with stunning GUIs designed and developed with Storyboard Suite.

We hope to see you at the show.

Connecting your GUI with the Embedded System with Storyboard IO

***Updated with new Storyboard IO feature video and tutorial below***

Whether an application is destined for a car, washing machine, medical device, or fitness tracker; one thing remains the same: the user interface has to be able to communicate with the target device.

An application can be elegant and beautiful in GUI design, but it isn’t terribly useful if it can’t send and receive data from the embedded system. (It would be about as useful as the Commodore 64 my parents bought me when I was 10 years old, without getting me a storage device. Hello, World!, Goodbye, World. But I digress…)

Use Storyboard IO to connect your embedded system to your user interface

So, how do I communicate between my embedded system and my graphical user interface (GUI)?

When we talk to designers and developers and show them how fast and easy it is to create GUIs with Storyboard Designer, one of the first questions we get is, “That’s impressive, Dude, but can Storyboard communicate with the embedded system?” Storyboard Suite is way more than an awesome UI authoring tool. It’s a tool suite that allows designers to design and engineers to code — in parallel. Part of the functionality we’ve built in Storyboard for engineers is Storyboard IO (SBIO), a platform independent API that provides communication between the embedded system and the application. Storyboard Suite keeps the UI and the system logic separate, so that the design can evolve and iterate throughout the development process without negatively impacting the system, and SBIO provides the channel that brings it all together.

But that’s enough reading, check out this short video to learn more about Storyboard IO.

 

New in-depth Storyboard IO video

As promised, here’s a more in-depth video that delves further into the capabilities and usage of Storyboard IO.

If you haven’t subscribed to the Crank Software YouTube channel yet, you should, because you don’t want to miss future feature videos.

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GUI Designers: 3 Reasons You Should Register for the Storyboard Suite 4.x Webinar

***Now available On-Demand!***

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This webinar is now available on demand. To watch or download the recording, register below.
Register for Storyboard Suite October 29 webinarWhy watch the webinar? Because everyone loves a good list, here are:

3 reasons to register for the Crank Software Storyboard Suite 4.x webinar for GUI design

  1. You haven’t used Storyboard Suite. Yet. What? That’s sad. If you haven’t used Storyboard Suite for GUI design and development for your embedded application projects, you’ve been missing out on such great features as:
    • Photoshop import to kickstart your GUI design
    • Built-in simulator for prototyping
    • Animation Timeline to quickly and easily create and edit animations
  2. You are using an earlier version of Storyboard Suite. That’s awesome. But your design process could be even further optimized with some of the new features and enhancements we’ve added in 4.0 and 4.1, for example:
    • Support for collaborative, team-based design and development
    • Improvements to the Storyboard Designer UI for a more intuitive and streamlined workflow
  3. You already use Storyboard Suite 4.x but are hungry for more information. You might already be a Storyboard Suite 4.x champion, but you:
    • are curious to see if you’ve been missing out on features you aren’t aware of
    • want to ask questions to our ever-enthusiastic VP of R&D
    • are excited to find out what we’ve been working on lately

Whether you’ve never used Storyboard Suite for your GUI design projects, or you are a long-time Crank customer, our October 29th webinar will be useful for you. If your job description includes designing GUIs for embedded devices, building applications for the IoT, or creating awesome user experiences for stuff with screens, you should attend. We promise not to assault you with slides. After a quick high-level overview of Storyboard Suite for those new to our software, we will dive into some engaging demos of the tool suite.

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If you haven’t had a chance to use Storyboard Suite yet, feel free to download the fully functional free 30-day trial.

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See you on the 29th!