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18 12, 2023

Engineering for Commercial Success

2023-12-18T22:23:54+11:00Categories: White Papers|

Choosing the HMI (Human-Machine Interface) components that your users interact with is a key part of the product development process. The right display module can give your device a competitive advantage, reduce user error and frustration – and help keep your device compliant. But deciding how to produce your intelligent display, which display to buy, to what degree you customize it – and even considering building one from scratch – can be a tough commercial choice.

In this whitepaper we provide a comprehensive overview of key commercial factors to consider when evaluating these options.

We outline how market dynamics like time-to-market, production volume, and cost control impact the build, buy, or customize decisions. We also explore how unique device specifications may necessitate customised HMIs, while off-the-shelf solutions can streamline development.

Other factors we discuss include available engineering expertise, risks like development delays, and the burden of ensuring regulatory compliance.

Equipped with these insights, you can make informed choices around building, buying, and customizing HMIs: reducing development time and costs while still meeting product requirements and compliance standards – all while minimising risk and getting your application into market.

24 10, 2023

The gen4-ESP32 Range: Elevating Display Technology

2024-03-20T18:58:50+11:00Categories: Product News|Tags: |

4D Systems is excited to announce the launch of the gen4-ESP32 range, marking a significant step forward in the world of embedded displays and IoT applications. The gen4-ESP32 range is ideally suited for the dynamic world of IoT. Supported by a vibrant community of developers, it offers endless possibilities in applications ranging from home automation and data monitoring, to alarm systems, and everything in between.

Expanding Horizons with ESP32

The ESP32 has gained widespread adoption across various market segments, serving as a versatile microcontroller for numerous applications. Its compatibility with popular development environments like Arduino and microPython has made it a go-to choice for developers. A new line of smart displays is approaching the market, with ESP32 at the core. Leveraging 4D technology, customers already familiar with the ESP32 will find it easy to integrate and use this range of displays.

If you are already using products such as gen4-uLCD, you’ll find that the gen4-ESP32 range retains the same gen4 form factor, making migration seamless.

Compared to the gen4-IoD line, based on the ESP8266, the gen4-ESP32 range offers more power and versatility, unlocks new possibilities with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity with a familiar programming language, making it more accessible.

Versatile Possibilities

The gen4-ESP32 presents a comprehensive solution that caters to both beginners and seasoned engineers seeking a user-friendly and familiar approach to integrating displays into their products or applications.

The use of ESP32-S3 features offers a smooth setup, handled automatically by Workshop4 IDE. The Workshop4 IDE streamlines development with its user-friendly interface and comprehensive library tools, eliminating complex setups.

The gen4-ESP32 ensures compatibility with all existing development environments available on this processor, offering comprehensive support to cater to a wide range of user needs.

Its comprehensive size range starts from 2.4 inches and extends to 5.0 inches, with plans for 7.0-inch and 9.0-inch options in the near future. In contrast, other products in the market often provide only one or two size options, resulting in an inconsistent form factor landscape.

The graphics system is designed for effortless usability, while the uSD (microSD) provides a robust data repository. The included library tools are entirely customisable, allowing users to achieve their desired aesthetic rather than being limited to predefined widgets.

ESP32 Use Cases and Applications

What sets the gen4-ESP32 Range apart is its unconstrained potential. While other product ranges serve specific purposes, the ESP32 offers an all-in-one solution. With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a familiar programming language, and compatibility with the Workshop4 IDE, it combines the best features of all other ranges into one powerhouse package.

Industries like home automation and large-scale building control stand to benefit significantly from the gGen4-ESP32 Range’s built-in wireless communication capabilities.

The gen4-ESP32 is a versatile platform that can empower a wide array of applications across different industries, examples include:

  • Home Automation: Homeowners looking to create smart homes will find the gen4-ESP32 range invaluable. Its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities allow for seamless integration with smart devices, enabling users to control lighting, HVAC systems, security cameras, and more from their smartphones or tablets. With support for the new Matter protocol, these displays are now compatible with any smart home ecosystem, expanding their versatility and usability.
  • Security and Alarm Systems: The robustness of the ESP32 makes it suitable for security and alarm systems. Developers can create DIY security solutions or enhance existing ones with wireless connectivity and real-time alerts.
  • Remote Monitoring and Control: Whether it’s managing a remote research station or controlling a fleet of vehicles, the ESP32 offers reliable connectivity for remote monitoring and control applications. It ensures data is transmitted securely and instantly.
  • Smart Building: The gen4-ESP32 can facilitate centralised control of lighting, HVAC, access control, and energy management systems, optimising energy efficiency and enhancing occupants’ comfort and security. These displays seamlessly integrate into modern smart building ecosystems, making them an ideal choice for smart building projects.

The gen4-ESP32 range represents a significant advancement in embedded displays and IoT applications. With its robust capabilities, familiar programming language, and seamless compatibility with existing 4D Systems products, it’s a game changer for professional engineers, developers, and IoT enthusiasts alike.

Until next time.

12 10, 2023

A Melody of Innovation and Nostalgia: Analog Audio Design’s TP-1000

2023-10-16T20:30:53+11:00Categories: Appliances|Tags: |

The gen4-uLCD-50DCT-CLB display integrated in the Analog Audio Design’s TP-1000

Once a cornerstone of musical delight, the tape player has long held a place in the hearts of music enthusiasts. Many still believe music on tape offers qualities superior to that in digital format; a warm, rich sound, a wide dynamic range and a more authentic representation of the original sound. For some, the tape player remains a soulful connection to the past.

It’s unexpected, then, that a new analogue tape player would be released against a backdrop of smartphones and wearable IoT. However, Analog Audio Design, a small company based in Pleumeur-Bodou in France, saw an opportunity and embedded modern innovation into a late 1900s relic.

Last year, Christophe Martinez, the founder of Analog Audio Design, released the TP-1000 ⸺ an open reel tape recorder. At first glance, it looks like a nostalgic nod to decades past, but the TP-1000 is a harmonious blend of classic charm and cutting-edge innovation.

Here’s how 4D Systems assisted Analog Audio Design with the development of their modern ta