Uses of Embedded Computers Today
A computer is a device which has been programmed in order to perform arithmetic and logical operations. Embedding is the act of attaching something to another one. An embedded computer is therefore not a standalone computer but a computer which has been fixed on another device. All the operations of the device are controlled by the embedded computer. Another difference between general computer and embedded computer is that the general computer has the ability to carry out multiple tasks while the embedded computer can only perform one task. A user can install his/her own application software on a general computer but cannot do so on an embedded computer since its code is found on the ROM. The following are modern uses of embedded computers.
The healthcare industry makes a great use of embedded computers. The healthcare industry is one of the industry which has benefited from the improvement in technology. In order to offer quality healthcare services and ensure patients are satisfied, the embedded computers are used on various devices. The wearable devices have embedded computers. These devices which are worn on the wrist have the ability to measure the blood pressure and the heartbeat rate. The device are wireless therefore convenient to carry.
Today, electronics have embedded computers. The smart TVs are internet-enabled. The smart TVs are also updated online. It is by the use of an embedded computer that the TVs are able to access the internet. The digital cameras have embedded computers. The digital cameras are able to perform multiple functions such as taking pictures and uploading them to Facebook. The embedded computers also facilitate updating the cameras online.
The office activities have been simplified by the use of embedded computers. An example of an office device which has an embedded computer is a wireless printer. The printers are wireless but are able to receive commands through the use of embedded computers. By the use of the embedded computer, the printer can easily receive commands from the user. The controlling of the printer is facilitated by an embedded computer.
The embedded computers have also brought positive changes in the industries. Embedded computers have improved efficiency in the industrial processes. For instance, mixing of paints is done using machines which have embedded computers in order to ensure paints are mixed in the appropriate ratios. Embedded computers are also found on ATMs. In an ATM the embedded computer gives a user interface and after the user keys in about his/her bank details, the ATM will dispense the exact amount of money.
Embedded computers are also found in modern vehicles. Embedded computers on automobile have eliminated the need for a driver. The use of embedded computers in automobiles has reduced the number of accidents. The braking and suspension can also be controlled by the use of embedded computers.