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We put together a demo that shows what JavaFX can do on a RaspberryPi running fill 1080p HD on a TV using 5 way navigation(Arrows + Select). I hope you enjoy it, we had a lot of fun making it.
The first section of the video is a real recording direct of the HDMI output of the Raspberry Pi. So you can see the raw performance of the device, though video capture was limited to 30fps when the Pi was rendering at 60fps much of the time. The second section is a demo of how SceneBuilder could be used to build one of the demos. In all the menus we show the little overlay of arrow keys in top right corner so you can see how the menu is being navigated.
There are 4 separate menu demos:
The first menu is a classic 2D menu system with a cool 2.5D section chooser.
This is a cool vector 2D animated menu with a fun visual style. Playing with the idea of rotation.
This is a cartoon retro style 3D menu showing 3D extruded text and 3D modeled TVs. The text and TVs were created in Cheetah 3D and exported as OBJ then imported using the OBJ importer available in the open source 3D Viewer sample app. In this demo and the next we have random animated lighting in and the ability to spin the 3D model with the <- and -> arrow keys so that the user can get a feeling for it being real time rendered 3D rather than video of offline rendered content.
This was a way out 3D menu featuring DukeBot who was a early alternative design for the Java Duke mascot that did not get chosen. He was modeled and animated by John Yoon in Maya and we then imported the Maya ASCII file directly with all animation into JavaFX. The code for this menu is pretty tiny as its mostly working off the imported Maya file. The Maya importer is also open source and in the 3D Viewer sample app.
Its mostly running on the shipping EA of JavaFX 8 Embedded we prototyped a couple changes to the platform that we are working on making them real and I hope they will make it into 8 but not sure yet if we will have time. The changes are some performance improvements to how we draw into frame buffer, also the ability to draw JavaFX with transparent background on a hardware layer over hardware decoded video.
Over the last month we built 5 kiosks for JavaOne (1 prototype and 4 production). The idea was to show Java SE Embedded and JavaFX running on a small embedded device as a Kiosk with a great UI to help people plan their JavaOne schedule. One was shown in the Technical Keynote and the 4 production ones were then placed in the Hilton, Parc 55 and Nikko hotels of JavaOne. This is the story of how they were made…
I found this cool project for web developers this week called Animate.css. It has 52 ready to go animations that you can apply to any dom node. I thought having this for JavaFX would be really handy. We are planning on adding CSS animations to JavaFX in the future along with Web standard CSS properties. Once we do that you will be able to use Animate.css directly in JavaFX but I thought it was too cool to make you wait. So I have written JavaFX Transition classes for each of these 52 animations and put the code for them in the FXExperienceControls project. So now all you need to do in your code is:
Button btn = new Button("Button");
That will play the animation and clean up after its self. I put together a demo application that shows off all the animations. You can download and run the project Blog-Demos/CannedAnimations from our github repo.
Here is what it looks like, enjoy playing with it. I can’t wait to start using these in the applications I build 🙂
We had a great time making the demo, I wish to thank Alexander Kouznetsov, Angela Caicedo and Joe Andresen for their help and many late nights working on the demos with me. Nandini Ramani for all her support and letting us steal her office for the week before as a demo war room (hope it doesn’t smell of pizza and coffee any more). We also need to say a huge thank you to Intel who came though at the last minute and provided us two very nice computers to run the demo on, if only they let me keep one 😉
We were only using one no crazy SLI thing going on, the other was backup just in case.
Alexander and Joe back stage last minute coding, No I meant testing ;-).
Some of the crazy amount of tech back stage.
The keynote room just before doors open.
Joe Andresen, Angela Caicedo, Nandini Ramani and myself (Jasper Potts) on stage just before.
The demo being shown up on the big stage.
Hope you enjoyed the back stage sneak peek, you can see more photos on my flickr.