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Announcing the Release of VueSim and Mi-HMI Smart Displays

16 Feb 2017

General Digital’s new re-configurable smart display line could save up to 75% of a company’s software and display costs.

The NEW VueSim™ / Mi-HMI™ smart design and display line are versatile, highly-configurable systems designed to provide easy-to-use, complete display solutions for simulator manufacturers. With VueSim / Mi-HMI, you design your screens, download them to the smart display and run. The plug-and-play monitor can hold thousands of screen configurations and can be used at will for the desired simulation at hand.

Some key features and capabilities include…

  • Build your own configuration by choosing from a wide variety of LCD sizes and resolutions, LED backlights, overlays, embedded processors, I/O, memory, etc.
  • Select a standard enclosure or have us build to your exact mechanical specifications
  • Create instrumentation and reusable vector-based graphic libraries using General Digital’s Author™ graphics editor, or by importing SVG files directly from your libraries or third-party sources
  • Intuitively link input data from popular simulation programs to graphics; animate and download executable files to VueSim or Mi-HMI Display System
  • Engage a Technician—rather than an expensive Engineer—to rapidly design or reconfigure screen content

General Digital can tailor the VueSim and Mi-HMI to simulate virtually any military or industry-related graphics by configuring the unit with an assortment of standard or custom LCDs, Graphic Processing Units, I/O expansion modules, bezel switches, rotary encoders and more. Watch our latest videos below to learn more and then visit our Web pages for VueSim and Mi-HMI. Or call 800.952.2535 for a no-pressure consultation.

 

 

Change Efficiency for Cost-Effective Simulation Smart Displays

2 Dec 2016

Pocket change

It’s a safe guess that over a million words have been written on the subject of managing change. A quick look on Amazon.com reveals over 2700 books from the terms.  But a search of the same site for “change efficiency” shows only 459 books on the subject.

But efficiency of making changes is clearly something that we should be concerned about!

For Flight Simulator manufacturers, change activities include Change Requests, Repurposing and Reconfiguration. Change Requests come from either the airframer or the end customer. Repurposing a display system for a different cockpit or function is desirable as a cost saving measure. The ability to reconfigure the cockpit for various training scenarios or different revision model aircraft provides tremendous advantages to both manufacturers and end users.

VueSim™ is the best choice for managing cockpit simulator display changes.

 

Change Requests

VueSim was designed to be used by cockpit designers and technicians. Changes to the graphics or signaling of the display can be implemented as needed by the people directly involved with the design of the Simulator. Waiting on the Software Engineering group or the display OEM to implement Change Requests can take too much time and can delay delivery. The VueSim tools are easy to use and its files are text-based, making changes trackable through Configuration Management Systems.

 

Reconfiguration

The VueSim display can hold thousands of display configurations. Reconfiguring the display is simply a matter of issuing a “select” command to the display. Once selected, the configuration remains active through power cycles. What if your engineering department decides to change the core simulator (say from an internally developed system to a commercial sim)? With VueSim, changing the simulator source is easy with Author’s two-step signal definition.

 

Repurpose

Using an OEM flight display for a cockpit typically means that the display is usable only for the original purpose of the simulator (maybe). With VueSim, refurbishment of a cockpit system no longer requires manufacturers to discard the display hardware. Obsolescence becomes obsolete!

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Questions about VueSim? Feel free to contact any of us at General Digital Corporation.

Learn more about General Digital’s VueSim smart display.

VueSim – Reconfigurable Smart Display for Avionics Simulators

30 Nov 2016

SVG file dragged into Author and used as an instrument on the smart display

General Digital Corporation’s VueSim™ is a versatile, highly configurable simulator smart display system. It is designed to provide an easy-to-use, complete smart display solution for simulator manufacturers.

Most simulator display design packages only get you halfway to where you need to be, requiring you to invest additional resources to integrate the design software with the display hardware. Other systems require software engineers to create the screens and code to implement the simulated instruments. With VueSim, you design your screens, download them to the smart display and run. The smart display can hold thousands of screen configurations and can be used at will for the desired simulation at hand.

Today, signals are UDP-based or onboard the display itself (buttons, encoders). This makes it easy to connect to simulators that send UDP data (i.e., Lockheed-Martin’s Prepar3D®, medical simulation devices). This also allows for easy connection to modeling tools like MATLAB/Simulink® for use in designing the screen system. The display system was designed to be easily adaptable for other inputs (OBDII, ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553, and others).

Questions about VueSim? Feel free to contact any of us at General Digital Corporation.

Learn more about General Digital’s VueSim smart display.

Bridging the Gap Between Pre-Clinical and Real-World Experience Using Simulation

7 Nov 2016

VueSim LCD Monitor

Training with real world devices can be expensive, never mind having the correct combination of devices for every training scenario required. A typical Operating Room, Emergency Room or doctor’s office can have many devices for monitoring a patient’s health. Some of those devices can have costs in excess of $50,000. This makes going from the pre-clinical/classroom to the real world very tough.

But now a solution is available for far less than the cost of one piece of equipment— and can do everything you would need. Finally, a way to give real world, hands-on experience and training in a cost-effective way using simulation…truly bridging the gap between pre-clinical training/education and real world experience.

Mi-HMI LCD MonitorAll of this with the appearance, and the performance, of authentic equipment, and you can create your own instrumentation for your devices and recall them on-demand to suit your needs. General Digital’s Mi-HMI will accommodate your every requirement. It is truly a unique and cost-effective “Design & Display” solution.

Contact General Digital for more information.

Learn more about Mi-HMI™ and VueSim™ on our Web site.

Simulation Stimulation – Using Signals in VueSim

13 Oct 2016

VueSim Author Screen Captures

One of the design goals of the VueSim™ product line was to provide an easy-to-use instrumentation system for simulator manufacturers. We knew that many of the instrumentation tools in the market required high levels of integration as most vendors provided software-only screen design and code libraries. When it came time to implement the screens on a display with these software-only applications, manufacturers required a significant amount of development and integration time to implement the desired instrumentation on the selected display system.

With VueSim, the smart display and desktop-based design software work hand-in-hand to provide a complete package to implement instruments. The arduous task of building cockpit displays can now be handled by designers and technicians. And, while screen design is made easy with Author™, VueSim’s graphics editing software, the connection to simulator signals has never been easier. With Author, designers create screens and attach signals using animators (icons that represent the desired motion of the graphics). A right-click on the icon will present the user with a set of available signals. The user then selects the desired signal from the list, fills in any other properties of the animation and then it’s ready to use.

Signals may not be known during screen design, but Author implements a 2-step approach to signal definition that not only allows for ease of design, but also makes changing simulator sources much easier. The first step asks the designer to add a signal to the drawing. The user is prompted for a name (e.g., roll), a type (e.g., integer) and a range (e.g., 0–360). When the screen design is complete, the designer then takes the second step and “links” the signal. The linking makes the connection between the screen’s named signal and the simulator’s signal.

Upon completion of the design and signal linking, the project is downloaded to VueSim’s smart display, selected as the default and is ready for use.

General Digital’s First 4K UHD 24-inch LCD Monitor

28 Sep 2016

Saber Standalone rugged 24 inch 4K UHD display

General Digital is excited to announce that we recently finished constructing our first 4K UHD monitor. This first configuration is equipped with a 23.8″ LED-backlit LCD, though other sizes will be available soon (27″, 30″ and larger). The 3840 x 2160 resolution screen (16:9) displays 1.07 billion colors at a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The standard brightness is rated at 300 cd/m², though we will be offering sunlight readable and NVIS goggle-compatible capability.

Enclosed in our rugged Saber Standalone housing, this ultra high definition display features DVI-D, HDMI (x3), and DisplayPort video inputs, as well as an internal AC power supply. Contact a Sales Engineer today at 800.952.2535 for a no-obligation discussion on how we can configure a 4K display that will suit your requirements.

Uses for a 4K display are many, as they offer greater definition for sharper images and increased color depth. Though still in its infancy, we see many industries adopting 4K to enjoy the benefits of the display’s high resolution clarity. Those markets include military, industrial, digital signage and advertising, education, entertainment, aerospace, restaurants and other service-oriented establishments, and even consumer-grade monitors for PC gamers and home theaters.

GenStar IV Spotlight: Recessed Connector Panel

13 Aug 2015

The next big thing is actually smaller!

General Digital is quite familiar with the mantra “Less is more.” In keeping with that theme, the GenStar IV features a recessed connector panel, requiring less of a bend radius for power and video cables.

Watch our video to see this innovation in action.

GenStar IV Spotlight: Field-Replaceable Power Supply

12 Aug 2015

What could possibly so great about a power supply? Usually, nothing.

But in the case of General Digital’s new GenStar IV, the power supply that was once a hulking mass on the rear of the GenStar I and II is now internal to the unit.

The result? An amazingly slim redesign of the FAA’s STARS program Primary Tower Display.

And the icing on the cake is that it’s field replaceable, which saves you from the burden of shipping expenses and lost productivity.

Watch the video to learn more!

GenStar IV Spotlight: User Interface Display

11 Aug 2015

The GenStar IV is loaded with all sorts of new features that make it the premiere monitor for the air traffic control industry. Of all  the features it includes, the User Input Display (UID) is perhaps the most unique.

The UID was designed to provide the air traffic controller with unrestricted access to mission critical data on the main display. The Calibration, Setup, System Status, and Maintenance functions can all be controlled through the UID.

What’s the only thing better than one display? Watch the video and you’ll agree that two is definitely better than one!

GenStar IV in the Spotlight

10 Aug 2015

Introducing the new GenStar IV!

The GenStar family, faithfully serving the FAA since 1999 as its Primary Tower Display, takes a quantum leap in innovative design with its newest member.

Featuring an internal field-replaceable power supply, the GenStar IV boasts a slimmer, sleeker design while maintaining the same x and y dimensions as its predecessors. This backward compatibility is only one of the properties that makes the GenStar IV the obvious choice.

In addition, an LED backlight reduces power consumption and heat production, making the GenStar IV one of General Digital’s most efficient monitors to date.

We could tell you all of the factors that make the GenStar IV a phenomenal air traffic control monitor, but watching this video will be a lot more fun.