Presagis Accelerates Multi-Touch Cockpit Display Development With Next-Generation Software

Presagis™, a leading provider of modeling, simulation, and embedded graphics software, today announced the launch of its next-generation software for Human Machine Interface (HMI) development: VAPS XT 4.1.

This release introduces a number of advanced features, including a new Multi-touch and Gesture development framework formulated through close collaboration with major airframe manufacturers. It enables Human Factors specialists and HMI designers to rapidly build and test new cockpit interactions and reduces the need for redesign in the later development stages. A library of predefined, commonly-used gestures (swipe, tap, zoom, pinch, and more) enables designers to get started quickly and drastically reduces the amount of hand coding required to implement gesture recognition on both desktop prototypes and on the final embedded platform. The Multi-touch and Gesture recognition capability is completely platform independent; it can be deployed to multiple platforms including tablets, phones, desktop PCs, and embedded platforms.

VAPS XT 4.1 also adds a new performance monitoring feature that enables visual profiling of an application, making it easy to quickly identify and optimize performance problem areas early in development. Also introduced in 4.1: a more modular porting layer that maximizes reuse of code across different embedded hardware platforms and cuts recertification time and costs. A number of runtime performance improvements enable display applications to execute faster with lower CPU usage.

"The proper use of multi-touch and gestures in the cockpit is a subject of great interest for our customers right now, and they need tools that allow them to experiment with different types of interaction quickly" said Paul Jennings, Head of Innovation, Embedded Graphics, Presagis. "We have been working closely with the major airframe manufacturers and avionics systems suppliers for over three years on gesture input and multi-touch functionality. We have been investing in development tools they can use to experiment on a desktop in the lab, and to implement the same specification on an embedded system without change, reducing development timescales and risk."

Source: Presagis
Date: Mar 25, 2015