What Does an Automation Computer Look Like?

Every day, without thinking about it, we use hundreds of computers in every facet of our lives. Nearly every device with a display or a control in our homes, in our offices, and in our factories, has a computer in it. In our factories this is especially true.

This is the age of embedded computing. From wristwatches to cell phones to industrial process control devices, computers control everything. But these devices do not look like computers. They look like wristwatches and cell phones, and industrial displays, controls and even robots. So what does an automation computer look like?