Crayon Shin Chan wrote:..., and probably move on to lower level stuff like microcontrollers.
Interesting, I hadn't really thought of that.
There is a massive amount of advancement going on in the embedded/microcontroller world. I've done some hobbyist microcontroller stuff over the years and where things were just 6-7 years ago and today is massively different.
Around 2006, I bought a PIC development board and commercial C compiler for around $400-$500. This was pretty common at the time. I bought an Arduino a couple of years ago and was just stunned that for $30 and a free compiler, I was doing all of the same stuff with a huge library of open source code at my fingertips. And, the Raspberry Pi is even more ridiculous. It's far beyond being a microcontroller of course, but the amount of power a Pi has for that price opens up the door to a lot of things that aren't possible with a microcontroller.
I think the advancement at the lower end of the computing scale, like microcontrollers and small form factor systems, will be stunning over the next 2-4+ years.