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The Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by widespread consumer, business, and industrial needs, creating pressure on manufacturers to deliver rich, interactive experiences on low-cost, power-efficient devices. Crank Software’s Storyboard Suite is the only user interface (UI) development platform that connects designers and developers together, treating them as equals to create beautiful, intuitive interfaces without sacrificing resources, performance, or portability.


Home automation demo

See a connected home interface built by Storyboard Suite and run on the STM32F7 MCU, providing controls and feedback for climate, security, and lighting around the house.





IHS Markit predicts the IoT market will grow 390%, from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 75.4 billion devices in 2025, meaning today's teams need to figure out how to deliver modern, data-rich UX/HMI design that scales to both new and legacy platforms.

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How is UX development for the IoT different?phone_application

Creating the best user experience for the Internet of Things offers unique challenges, as the "system" isn't simply one piece of hardware, it's multiple platforms of varying capabilities that connect and interoperate together. UX/HMI practitioners must take into account that their software can run on a wide variety of form factors and design their interfaces to make users feel like they're using a coherent, connected system.

Users also want the same rich and personalized experience that they get on their mobile phones, on everything from wearable devices and washing machines to automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. To achieve this, designers and developers not only have to create modern and powerful UIs, they must also consider multiple screens, hardware resource limitations, power efficiency, and whether it can all be squeezed in before the release date.

As demand and system complexity grow, time to market becomes a key differentiator - how do you deliver a high-quality and engaging UX in a shorter amount of time than your competitors?


How Storyboard Suite helps

Storyboard Suite consists of two modules that optimize workflow between the UI designer and embedded software developer, allowing them to work in parallel to create the best user experience on top of highly optimized and performing applications. Using a WYSIWYG environment, the whole team gets a real-time display of what the final product looks like and how it behaves, from prototyping to production.

  • Import directly from Adobe Photoshop, with layer order and naming preserved
  • Animate objects easily with built-in animation timeline
  • Add behavior to graphics quickly, without having to write code
  • Deliver rich 3D graphics with support for Autodesk FBX, OBJ, and OpenGL ES
  • Enforce clean architectural separation between UI and application
  • Support scale at any level, across a wide range of MCUs and MPUs

Distributed eCockpit UI Democrank_software_IMX8

Watch four Storyboard UIs driven simultaneously by the NXP i.MX8: instrument cluster, heads-up display (HUD), infotainment, and rear-seat entertainment displays, presented at Embedded World 2017.


Overcome UI development challenges 

Purpose-built to reduce the frustrations, delays, and costs associated with industrial UI development, Storyboard Suite enables designers and developers to do what they do best, allowing them to work together while supporting role-specific tools and languages. The end result is the best possible interface, whether it's a single-screen control or multi-panel instrumentation. All delivered in record times and supporting many different platforms.

  • Iterate designs seamlessly with re-import and graphical compare tool
  • Validate results immediately on built-in simulator or real hardware
  • OS-agnostic Storyboard Engine supports any hardware your OS supports
  • Achieve 30 frames per second on resource-constrained hardware
  • Portable across your entire portfolio - build once and deploy anywhere 

“[We] were able to work together [which] resulted in a great UI that allows us to really pull all of these devices in our smart connected home together.”
- Clark Jarvis, software product owner, NXP Semiconductors



Success story: NXP connected home

To create the ultimate connected home experience, NXP Semiconductors (formerly Freescale) used Storyboard Suite to help homeowners interact with their environment.


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Learn more about our IoT partnership with NXP




IoT partner: ITTIA

Products built with ITTIA DB SQL and Storyboard are fast, scalable, and run on common IoT platforms. See how these technologies work together, including a driverless, solar-powered taxi demo built on the secure Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS.



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