Top Reasons for Computerizing Products

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It seems like every modern item has at least one component that is computerized. In some cases, this is necessary for the device to provide its intended benefit. Other devices could work via analog means, but function better when a computer is involved. Still others seem to have a computerized aspect only because it's seen as the cool way to make things. Here are some examples of each type of product and how circuit boards affect their operations:

Items that are Computerized by Necessity
The most obvious example of products that are computerized by necessity are computers themselves. No analog system can replace what is done by the boards, memory components, and other electronic aspects of a PC, laptop, or tablet. Before these computers were perfected, people had to deal with multiple, cumbersome, paper-based systems that took ages to work with.

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Other things that truly need to be computerized include certain types of medical testing devices, ATM machines, and cell phones. None of them would work without their PCB boards and associated programming.

Things that were Computerized to Improve Performance
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Cars are some of the first things to come to mind in this category. A car can technically function just fine without even the simplest of computerized parts, and for decades, they were indeed 100 percent analog machines. This made things simple for mechanics, but it turned out that purely mechanical parts couldn't be made with the level of efficiency that comes from computerized control systems. Stopwatches, rechargeable batteries, and similar things also use computers to improve their capabilities. In these cases, the analog version is more limited than its digitized counterpart.

Products That Are Computerized Just to be Cooler
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There are a number of products on the market that use computers even though there actually is no clear benefit from the practice. These are typically computerized just to make them seem cooler. Sometimes, this works well and improves the desirability of the item. A good example of this category is the basic digital wristwatch or simple digital clock. An analog one would tell time just fine. However, some people simply prefer a digital display over a dial. Whether products need circuit boards, work better with them, or only have them because consumers want them to, the fact is that analog is all but a thing of the past. For this reason, most product developers make sure to add a computerized component to all but the most basic of items.