Maybe now my mom will understand -

Maybe now my mom will understand


You may have noticed by now that we launched a video player on, the Web site part of our Embedded franchise. That occurred about a month ago. The timing was perfect, as it allowed us to upload, as the first video, what we've dubbed as The History of Embedded Systems .

The History of Embedded Systems runs for just under 10 minutes, and if you haven't seen it, I highly encourage you to take a look. It was originally created to serve as part of the Keynote Presentation at the recent Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif. While it certainly doesn't include every milestone that makes the embedded industry what it is today, it does a great job of explaining what “embedded technology” is and how it got you where it is today.

And that's a really good thing, because as you may know, explaining what embedded technology is to someone outside our industry is a somewhat difficult thing to do. I often say that if you ask five different people what an embedded system is, you'll get five different answers, even from people within our space. Along those same lines, one of our respected contributing editors, Bill Gatliff, has made the claim in these pages that embedded systems don't even exist anymore. But I'll spare you that argument again (even though it's wrong–sorry Bill).

We've also loaded up some interviews on our player (I feel like a kid with a new toy). Those interviews, also created for the Embedded Systems Conference Keynote, include P.J. Plauger, one of the early contributors to Embedded Systems Design (then called Embedded Systems Programming ) and the conference; Bjarne Stroustrup, the inventor/creator of the C++ language; and Paul Saffo, a technology forecaster from Stanford University. And there are more videos in the works.

A great feature of our player is that it lets us upload your videos as well. So if you have something that's educational or entertaining and is applicable to embedded systems developers, send me a note. We'll figure out how to get your video posted.

Richard Nass is editor in chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine. He can be reached at .

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