Andrew Simpson, Gumstix
Intuitive design platforms can bridge gaps between complexity, cost, and development time. Innovation in electronic design automation (EDA) has steadily supported designers in managing the complexities of creating faster, better embedded electronics. The past 40-plus years of EDA development have seen much incremental advancement, yet from a technical perspective, many of these advancements have kept EDA locked in the realm of [...]
Although possibly inexpensive on a unit-cost basis, designing embedded systems can be costly and intricate. As design tools become less expensive and more widely used, these development costs are dropping to a fraction of their former magnitude. Low-volume usage and even hobbyist customers nevertheless still find the associated development costs beyond their individual reach. The advent of crowdfunding platforms, in addition to community-driven embedded electronics design, makes it possible to promote innovation while enhancing the affordability and accessibility of custom embedded devices.