I came across this well done piece of film the other day, and thought I would share it. While I realize it’s probably not appealing to all techies, I have always loved the multi-faceted integration of hardware and software that embedded systems offer. There are currently many more basic processors, microcontrollers, or other types of “mini computers” in the world than there are PC’s or what consumers often think of as a “computer”, and that number will certainly continue to soar as products become more automated and complex.
That said, not so many years ago I spent a fair amount of my time in academia dabbling in embedded systems. In fact, the picture above, and the face of amateur embedded electronics was VERY different back then. It was probably an $800-$1000 investment just to get a basic processor and programmable board with I/O. Now, with the prevalence of open source solutions such as the Arduino, you can get similar functionality, and a platform that provides a much easier to master implementation, for closer to $20-25! In my book, that’s worth a documentary! So, if you have a few minutes, check it out: