Qt Showing off its Portability Power at Embedded World 2013

Published Wednesday February 27th, 2013 | by

It’s the second day of Embedded World 2013 and as the world of embedded system developers crowd the Nuremberg messe, the Qt team has dry mouth from talking to the hundred of visitors to our booth thus far and showing off the 10+ demos at the Qt stand, #4/520.

It can be said that the embedded industry is still slightly new to the idea of having GUIs on systems like a microcontroller, but this year more and more of the traditional hard-knobs-and-dials sort of developers are coming to Qt because they realize that the world is moving to graphical UIs and especially touch capabilities. They need not only a UI tool, but a full framework that can give them the ability to have a flexible and performing UX on high-end chipset where power and performance are not lost when ported to low-end chipsets and architectures. “I can do that with Qt?” Yes you can.

This year we are showing at our booth Qt running on various embedded operating systems like embedded Linux, QNX, VxWorks, previews of Android and iOS. We also have our “Live Coding Theater” where we are demoing how easy it is to develop with Qt Creator and deploy to an embedded Linux target. This has been very popular being held 3 times a day.

What is really blowing minds is the consistent performance of the same Qt 5.0 application running on QNX, Android and iOS.

 

 

What are your thoughts on UI development in the embedded space?

 

NOTE: Wifi is a bit dodgy at the event – too many people on. Apologies for the pics being slightly heavy and large. We will fix them and update the post throughout the day.

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20 comments to Qt Showing off its Portability Power at Embedded World 2013

Alastair says:

Speaking of Qt portability, I hope you’re showing these off! (Qt demos converted to Javascript!)

http://vps2.etotheipiplusone.com:30176/redmine/projects/emscripten-qt/wiki/Demos

(via http://badassjs.com/post/43158184752/qt-gui-toolkit-ported-to-javascript-via-emscripten?c7e52d40)

Katherine says:

Hi Alastair – unfortunately we are not showing those off at this show :-( Thanks for pointing me to that demo repo!

sierdzio says:

Hey, nice to see Qt on a show so close by. You can pop by SafeNet booth to see some more embedded Qt in action :)

Tom

Katherine says:

Hey sierdzio! Come by our booth as well – I will make my way over to yours and say hello! Great that you have some Qt demos – we like :) Hope EW has been a good show for you.

sierdzio says:

Ah, I should have added: I’m not taking part. I wrote the code for the demo (gui part + serial port communication), but have not went to the conference itself.

Anyway, have a good time!

Katherine says:

Ah, I see.Well, I went by the Safenet booth. Nice Qt dials :)

RP says:

When will Qt officially support iOS and/or Android? I really can’t wait!

sierdzio says:

Android is merged and should be available in Qt5.1 (which is due in a few weeks. You can test it by compiling from source dev branch). iOS I think is targeted for later release (maybe as soon as 5.2?).

Cyttorak says:

Perhaps it is too soon but, will Android port be based in ministro library loading system? Will it be possible to create totally and really stand-alone apps with Qt for Android and iOS?

Ismael says:

Nice to meet you guys today.

Where can i find more informacion about this sexy boot2qt nosense? I can’t seem to find any?

Katherine Barrios says:

Corrrect. Android and iOS will have previews available in the 5.1 release due to release around the Spring, May-ish.

Ismael: Boot2Qt info we have now on Boot2Qt is the demo we have at EW 2013. We will film it and have some more info coming on it very soon!

TheTrueDigia says:

Looks like freedom of speech isn’t allowed here anymore, so it’s very likely you are living in your own fairy tale world already.
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TheRealDigia says:

Looks like freedom of speech isn’t allowed here anymore, so it’s very likely you are living in your own fairy tale world already.
This is how digia handles their agreements and contracts (http://www.digia.com/Global/DigiaWeb/Images/career_images/1/careers_new_550x301.jpg)… Not very different from how they handle their underpants.
Peoples subversion is the keyword in digias leadership roles. Take your freedom back people.

Digia Qt says:

@TheRealDigia/TrueDigia: The Qt blog is meant to channel information about Qt development not for menancing information. It’s unfortunate you feel the way you do. We hope that in a future you are able to support Qt and the work that Digia is doing together with the community to advance the technology for all.

Arnab says:

Amazing work! Looking forward to iOS and android ports becoming official ;)

Hamed says:

Will Android port be based on ministro service??

Katherine says:

For the Android port in Qt 5.1, we will use Ministro to distribute the Qt libraries.
For Qt 5.2 we hope to have support for out-of-the-box standalone applications. Be on the look out for more info!

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