Driver Distraction and Voice

March 11, 2010

We recently announced our partnership with Nuance around their speech technology. It is now available  as part of QNX CAR and a key element of the experience in the ng-Connect Toyota Prius that finds its way to what seems like every tradeshow on the planet these days.

One of the big areas of controversy around these incredibly feature rich infotainment systems is driver distraction. I can see myself getting killed playing with it while driving so I can pretty clearly understand the problem.

Not too  long ago, I read  that 2 seconds is the maximum time that a driver can be looking at the infotainment system before it becomes a problem. 2 seconds? Count it out – 1001, 1002. That’s a long time. At 100km/hour you could travel more than half the length of a football field. I don’t want to be on the roads surrounded by a bunch of drivers spending two seconds looking at their infotainment systems.

In the joint QNX Nuance press release we state “Voice enables highly intuitive user interfaces, ultimately driving adoption of connected car services and minimizing manual and visual distractions.” When we were drafting this release I was thinking “Good. QNX CAR is definitely moving in the right direction.”

Maybe I’ll be able to get home safely tonight after work.



QNX CAR at Cebit

March 10, 2010

While most of the the QNX Germany team was manning the stand at Embedded World in Nuremberg last week, we were also participating at Cebit with Alcatel Lucent. Once again, the QNX based LTE Connected Car was the star of the show. In fact, the car was part of the show organizer’s tour of the  top 10 things to see at Cebit. This had the effect of increasing visits to an already busy stand. The team was kept hopping to manage the increased visits from the media, telecoms service providers, and of course, car companies and their suppliers. In fact, almost 500 people experienced the car during their visit to the stand. Here’s a picture of the car at Cebit.

(by Linda Campbell)

QNX Support for CIFS

March 8, 2010

Customers looking for additional CIFS Support on QNX  can now find assistance from Visuality Systems. Based out of Israel with offices in the US, Visuality provides CIFS NQ for embedded products and a pint sized CIFS solution coming in at around 350k. This is compared to teh 2-4MB of SAMBA.

For those not in the know CIFS is short for Common Internet File System (CIFS). It  is a protocol that lets programs make requests for files and services on remote computers on the Internet. CIFS uses the client/server programming model. A client  program makes a request of a server program (usually in another computer) for access to a file or to pass a message to a program that runs in the server computer. The server takes the requested action and returns a response.

Importantly the Visuality Systems solution is not based on GPL, a concern of many OEM’s we see migrating from Linux to defend against IP infringement claims arising from the use of GPL.

Visuality will soon be posted on the QNX Partner Directory and they will also a post a link to their QNX Neutrino compatible product on the Foundry27 Bazaar.

QNX Sightings at Embedded World Germany

March 3, 2010

A quick look around EWG (like that is even remotely possible) reveals QNX in a number of partner booths. The QNX Smart Meter demo is mighty popular this year with three key silicon partners showcasing it. Freescale is showing it on the i.MX25, Texas Instruments has it on their OMAP 3530 and Atmel is demonstrating it on the G45. On a different note, IBV is showing off their QWin  offering, virtualizing Windows and QNX on a single processor.

I’m sure the big QNX team on the ground at EWG will have more to report in the coming days. If you have a chance, drop by our booth at 11324 or if you are in a partner booth do take a moment to check out the latest from QNX.


Smart Meter Reference Software Unveiled

March 2, 2010

This week at Embedded World Germany, customers to the QNX booth will be able to see the smart meter demo that we announced today. It’s currently running on a Freescale platform but there are plans to support multiple hardware targets.

For more info on this, check out our press release at or stop by our booth in Nuremberg.

by Linda Campbell (holding down the fort in Ottawa)

Hotel attendants and Linux developers suffer….

March 2, 2010

… parallel at Embedded World.

I’m on to my second day ensconced in the Hotel Novotel, Nurnberg. It sits across from the Nurnberg Messe or better known in the embedded industry as the home of Embedded World Germany.

Like most hotels these days, there is a cute little card in my washroom which advocates conservation with the line “HELP US CONSERVE WATER RESOURCES” in a lovely italicized green lettering. I feel greener just reading it.

I further quote: “Everyday, Millions of liters of water are used to wash towels that have only been used once. 1 towel = 6 liters of water. It instructs me to “Put the towel on the hanger to indicate ‘ I will use it again’” or “Put the towel in the bathtub to indicate ‘please change it’”.

So as always, I diligently fold my towel on the hanger to do my little part to conserve resources. And as with the majority of hotels I stay in the room attendant changes my towel anyways. DOHH! As Homer Simpson would say.

My loosely connected rant is just this: It frustrates me when I see organizations that could be saving a great deal of time and money, not to mention help the planet, if they would simply follow their own posted best practices. Every day thousands of Linux developers suffer with code that wasn’t meant to be reliable, wasn’t meant to be reusable, and isn’t intended to be embedded. This week we’ll be diligently helping them to end their suffering by converting to QNX Neutrino.

Later today, Romain will talk more about finding our Smart Energy reference design at a variety of QNX Partner booths. This initial design will help you save development effort, time to market and energy for  a wide variety of rich HMI applicaitons.

Last but not least. If you’re a partner with something to show on QNX at Embedded World drop me a line. Cheers from Embedded World!

I hope you’ll come see us in Hall 11, booth 431.