Chapter 18 – The Design of Embedded Computer Systems Embedded Systems Computer based, but don’t look like a PC. Specialist devices. UI is tailor made for particular users, tasks, and environments. Design components well integrated. Safety Critical Systems The design process has safety at its center. Alerts must draw attention and be easy to interpret. Information Appliances Designed to perform a specific activity. Has the ability to share information amongst other IAs. Design principles: Simplicity Versatility Pleasurablility Design Issues for IAs Portability General purpose vs. special purpose Connectedness The commercial environoment Questions?