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Embedded Systems in Everyday Life

"The information systems field emerged as a new discipline of artificial science as a result of intellectual efforts to understand the nature and consequences of computer and communication technology in modern organizations. As the rapid development of digital technology continues to make computers and computing a part of everyday experiences, we are once again in need of a new discipline of the artificial" (Yoo, Youngjin).

Embedded systems are used every day during these modern times. Items such as the recent smart phones and Apples' iPods or iPads contain embedded systems. According to Wikipedia "An embedded system is a computer system designed for specific control functions within a larger system, often with real-time computing constraints. It is embedded as part of a complete device often including hardware and mechanical parts. By contrast, a general-purpose computer, such as a personal computer (PC), is designed to be flexible and to meet a wide range of end-user needs. Embedded systems control many devices in common use today" ("Embedded System.").

In recent times, embedded systems seem like a growing phenomenon in the technology world. In the telecommunications world, however, telephone and communication devices contained some of the earliest applications of embedded systems. Today, governments and industries within the private sector are investing towards the development of new applications and devices for trains, planes, and automobiles. Embedded systems are also found in phones' smart cards and many consumer electronics.

"Some new applications include smart medical devices intended to drive down the cost of health care and help track a person's medical information. Embedded systems devices are being designed to assist with medicinal dosing and delivery systems to prevent accidents and treatment errors. Smart houses will make us more energy efficient, and lower our carbon footprint. A new television commercial shows a woman at the airport turning off electrical devices at home with her smart phone. The futuristic energy grid will talk with your home or office during peak energy use to prevent brown outs and black outs" (Smith, Bruce).

In my everyday life, I also make use of embedded systems such as with my cell phone and my other communication devices. My Mp3 Player contains applications of embedded systems within it, in addition to my electronic devices. All of these sounds wonderful and extremely useful, as software engineers and computer scientists incorporate all of these devices containing the applications of embedded systems in our everyday gadgets, making life easier and more enjoyable. "Ford uses Microsoft embedding in their automobile sound systems. Anti-lock brakes are another embedded software system. However, we've heard before that computers and the Internet will provide society with a technological utopia. What happens when the technology goes bad? Computer viruses and worms have become all too common. Are embedded devices susceptible to these as well? For instance, Toyota's acceleration problems could be a result of faulty embedded systems, even though Toyota claims otherwise" (Smith, Bruce).


Smith, Bruce. "Embedded Systems: Devices for Everyday Life." - Technorati Embedded. N.p., n.d. Web.
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