Variations in tools and flow make advanced user interface development different from traditional embedded code development. Integrating new roles for graphics and user experience designers adds to the need for new, more visual tools to aid in the process.
The rise in the importance of the Graphical User Interface (GUI, or more generally UI) is no longer confined to the consumer market. UI design is quickly becoming a key differentiator among products across the entire embedded space. Applications where the UI was only required to be functional rather than eye-catching are evolving to embrace this trend. Industrial and medical devices are already pulling UI concepts from the consumer and mobile markets for their next-generation devices.
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