V-Control 4.0 Beta for ARM 32 / Raspberry Pi released

Today the promised Raspberry Pi version of V-Control is available for download. Please keep in mind that the power of a Raspberry is much less then a core i CPU.

The main application for V-Control for ARM should be small projects that require a low-cost platform and small form factor.

We also released the first Beta of V-Control 4.0 64 Bit for Linux. It was tested with Ubuntu 17.10 and Linux Mint 18.3, but should run on all distros with GTK3 support.

We are still looking for volunteers that help us testing the MAC OSX version. At the moment we assume that there is not much interest in a MAC OSX version, because nobody want’s to help us yet.

Super simple and Cheap Android Touch Interface Part 1

As some of you might know there is a build in web server in V-Control that lets one create graphical user interfaces for V-Control. But to do this, HTML and JavaScript knowledge is necessary. In this article, I will describe a simple solution using an Android device, a cheap Bluetooth serial port and a V-IO interface. The V-IO is not really necessary, a simple Arduino Uno is sufficient, but with V-IO we also have a housing for the Arduino. Continue reading “Super simple and Cheap Android Touch Interface Part 1”

VisionConcept uses V-Control in Schüco Showroom

Schüco, the market leader for innovative building envelopes, has opened a new show room at its base in Bielefeld, Germany. Responsible for the multi media installation was the company VisionConcept from Hamburg. Project manager from VisionConcept was Frank Schubach. VisionConcept uses V-Control and some V-IO boxes to do the control part of the job. Continue reading “VisionConcept uses V-Control in Schüco Showroom”

Touch GUIs with WebSockets

One of the new features of V-Control 3.7.14 is the ability of the build in web server to handle WebSockets. This allows us to establish a stable, bidirectional connection between a web application and V-Control. The benefit of a bidirectional connection is, that our web application does not have to poll the V-Control web server to get status changes. As far as a status change of a device occurs, the information is sent to the web application. All we need is to write a handler for this status message and show the new status in our GUI.

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V-Control on IAA, the World biggest Car Show

Today the IAA in Frankfurt (Germany) opens for the public. I use this event as an opportunity to report on V-Control used as Show Control system. As far as I know, V-Control is used on the following booths: Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Bentley, Seat and Skoda. Responsible for media technology on all this booths is the company XL Video from Hamburg.  XL Video trusts in V-Control since 2007.

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