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5 tips to improve embedded UX

By Roy Sarkar on May 13, 2021 1:00:00 PM

How do graphics, memory usage, and power consumption affect the creation of vivid and feature-rich user experiences (UX) for IoT devices?

Creating the best user experiences on devices that aren't mobile or desktop platforms presents interesting challenges for embedded development teams. Consumers demand that their smaller IoT and wearables products deliver the rich, sophisticated UX that they get from their smartphones yet the microprocessor (MPU) and microcontroller (MCU) boards that drive them are far more resource and power-constrained than their Apple and Android brethren.

Topics: IoT wearables
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Top 5 embedded UI/UX trends of 2021, according to industry experts | Crank Software

By Alecia O'Brien on May 6, 2021 1:00:00 PM

In today’s digital world where information is aplenty and attention spans are limited, companies are constantly looking for new ways to engage with consumers. From the first interaction to the remainder of the customer journey, rich graphical user interfaces (UI), and interactive user experiences (UX) play a critical role in shaping each step.

While this may seem like a relatively new concept, it's just the beginning. Six industry experts were asked their opinion on the top embedded UI/UX trends and this is what they said.

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What is the future of wearable app development?

By Scott Snider on Apr 29, 2021 2:59:50 PM

Hint: It’s not watchOS or Wear OS


There’s a wearable war in our future and it won’t be the most powerful that wins. Alongside explosive growth in the overall industry, we’re seeing greater stratification in market share between wearable OS and hardware types. While Apple’s watchOS dominates today, others are gaining ground by taking advantage of highly efficient, lower-cost platforms that continually level up the features that consumers value most: Battery life and user experience (UX).

Topics: wearables
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Usability meets safety: How to improve medical user interface design

By Jason Clarke on Apr 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM

In 1990, the FDA published a report, Device Recalls: A Study of Quality Problems, that revealed 44 percent of medical device recalls were due to design issues and one-third of those were due to a faulty user interface (UI). The resulting uproar led to the US swiftly passing the Safe Medical Devices Act. This regulation has been in place for over thirty years now, so surely medical UI problems are a thing of the past, right?

Topics: Medical
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Semiconductor shortage: How to choose the correct hardware for embedded GUI apps

By Scott Snider on Apr 15, 2021 12:00:00 PM

When building an embedded system there are many choices you will face when deciding the correct GUI hardware and software combinations to best get your product to market. On top of vendor features, this year's semiconductor shortage has disrupted supply chains for everything from phones to cars, and forced embedded GUI product teams to rethink their supply chain strategy.

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