Altia GUI Development Software Offers Enhanced Support of Animated 3D Content for Production Embedded Displays
Altia, Incorporated announces a major step forward in its GUI innovation capabilities with the new 3D Scene Object. For companies developing embedded GUIs for automotive, medical, consumer and industrial applications, this offers a tremendous benefit – the capability to integrate beautiful and informative genuine 3D content into their displays. This enhanced feature gives Altia users the capability to take their embedded user experience to the next dimension, further differentiating their products in a competitive, UI-driven market.
The engineering team at Altia has test driven this new capability with exciting success. In one example, the team was able to demonstrate a 3D model with very impressive results – 14,000 triangles, six meshes and seven materials, including diffuse and reflection maps. This demo, which included animated camera, point light source as well as 2D graphics seamlessly interwoven with 3D content, ran at over 60 fps on embedded hardware.
The new Altia 3D Scene Object easily integrates content created in popular tools like Autodesk Maya®. It supports features including different light types, surface materials, and timeline animations. Textures are supported for diffuse, normal and reflection maps. These features allow for realistic 3D effects like shiny metal, rubbery tire treads and transparent glass.
With the Altia Design 3D Scene Object, GUI developers quickly gain incredible control over how they animate the three-dimensional content in their GUI. A single timeline sequence of multiple animations can be split into discrete channels of animation which can be independently controlled. This means that developers can run a piece of the animation – like flutter the passenger door on a 3D car or bend an arm on a 3D patient view – without running the entire 3D animation of that object. The 3D Scene Object converts what would normally be movie playback into event-driven GUI animation since animations can be driven by real-time data or user interaction.
Altia’s user interface development tools are used by companies across the world to develop colorful and custom user interfaces for their products. With Altia Design, the GUI editor and centerpiece of Altia’s tool chain, users create custom graphics from scratch or use assets from tools like Adobe Photoshop to draw their GUIs, create animation, define behavior and optimize user experience. Once complete, Altia DeepScreen generates pure C source code for the Altia design model that can be deployed onto a variety of low- to high-powered processors from industry-leading silicon providers like Freescale, Renesas, NXP, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and more.
Altia, Inc. is a software company that provides graphical user interface design and development tools that can be used from concept to final product code. Altia was founded in 1991 and its customers include Chrysler, Smiths Medical, Ford, NordicTrack, Fiat, Medtronic, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin and hundreds of other leading manufacturers. For more information about Altia, visit.altia.com or contact Altia’s corporate headquarters at +1 719-598-4299.
For more information about Altia, visit www.altia.com or contact Altia’s worldwide corporate headquarters at +1 719-598-4299.