The Rightware team returned to Nuremberg for Embedded World 2018. This well-attended event covers the broad spectrum of embedded systems and IoT, yet we had three solid days of automotive UI conversations at our booth. Embedded World gave us our first opportunity to show publicly the demonstrations we developed for the Kanzi Experience at CES 2018 in Las Vegas: an end-to-end overview of the efficient workflow with Kanzi UI, Kanzi Connect, and simulated data; Kanzi Maps for unique or OEM-branded map rendering, already supporting Mapbox and HERE back-ends; and Kanzi Particles, enabling creative transitions and beautiful visual effects.
Efficient Workflow with Kanzi UI, Kanzi Connect, and Simulated Data
Our end-to-end workflow demonstration shows how fast it is to make design changes to a UI project with Kanzi Studio, integrate live data into the development environment with Kanzi Connect, and deploy to target hardware in a matter of seconds. The setup includes a PC-based instrument cluster project, a Linux-based instrument cluster and Android-based IVI system, both running on commercial target hardware, and an Android phone. An HTML-based simulator provides data, in this case speed, drive mode, turn signals, etc. This new Kanzi Connect feature allows designers to create data structures and use simulated values, helping them visualize the finished application while the engineering team works in parallel to create the actual data sources. We demonstrated making quick design changes to the cluster, attaching live data to objects (for example changing an object’s color based on the drive mode or changing album cover art across all screens), exporting binary files with no compiling, and deploying to target hardware. With the Kanzi workflow, designers are empowered to design, test, iterate, and deploy without coding.
Kanzi Maps is a Kanzi Studio plug-in enabling easy integration of map data from a variety of providers and rapid visualization in rich 3D. The result is accelerated development while introducing a unique appearance, true to the OEM brand identity. In this demonstration, we used Kanzi to render real-time map data from our partner Mapbox in a variety of physical appearances. The video below shows how Kanzi Maps integrates mapping directly into the UI development workflow.
Kanzi Particles gives designers the ability to implement beautiful transitions and create smooth simulations, effects, and other visuals. The live demonstration showed organic transitions between 3D objects, airflow simulations, and smoke and firework effects. With this single Kanzi Studio plug-in, designers can quickly achieve an endless variety of effects and can easily modify them to see unique results without resorting to coding complex shaders. The video below shows how Kanzi Particles could be used in a Kanzi Studio project to develop a live UI background for a media player application.
These latest developments continue to deliver on the Kanzi promise: to empower designers and accelerate UI development.
We hope to see you next year at Embedded World 2019! In the meanwhile, we would love to hear about your UI development needs. Reach out to us via the “Contact Us” button, or request a trial Kanzi license.