Mike Garner

Managing Director at Garner Osborne Circuits Ltd

How PCBs are changing the world

Regardless of how much knowledge and expertise goes into designing and building these intricate, delicate PCBs from bare boards, it’s still hard to imagine just how these tiny boards are changing the way we live.

It’s easy to see the huge variety of devices exploding onto the market; Artificial Intelligence in the home, Internet of Things devices and Wearable Tech. But how are all these things actually impacting the way we live our lives and the way humans will evolve?

Work life balance

With an increase in smartphones, tablets and other devices, we’re no longer tied to our office desk. These devices mean we can, and do, work just about anywhere. The flip side is, we can also work at any time too. So, instead of following a rigid 9-5 work culture, many jobs now involve a more flexible approach to working where boundaries between home and work blur, employees have more freedom to balance home life with work, but they can also be expected to respond to emails and phone calls any time of any day.

How we fuel our bodies

PCBs have made it possible to introduce time-efficient shopping systems, such as Click and Collect, where handsets are used by grocery staff to ensure orders are filled for collection, leaving us to spend more time enjoying ourselves than worrying about where our next meal will come from.


Entertainment is now a part of our lives 24/7. We can catch up with our favourite Soaps on the train, or stream the latest hits directly from the web whilst waiting for the bus. PCBs give us the flexibility to be entertained wherever we are, and even impact how we control our devices.

Activity and competition

PCBs are fuelling competition too. As a nation we are becoming more active, and that’s in no small part because of the motivational factor of awareness. Awareness that is brought about from Wearable Tech, driven by PCBs.

From Wearable Tech that counts how many steps you’re clocking up, to scanners clocking times in Park Runs, Triathlons and Ironman events. PCBs are making it possible for more people to become active and to take control of their own health.

All around us printed circuit boards are making it possible for us to make step changes in the way we live our lives, and there is so much exciting product development going on. The changes in the way PCBs are being used is driving advancements within the PCB industry too and we can expect to see more in the next few years.

Getting the product right is essential to making the change that we are striving to achieve, and the right PCB layout, with the impact this can have on reliability, capability and cost, is an essential part of this. For expert advice on the layout of your PCBs and low volume PCB prototype production, call Garner Osborne’s team of PCB specialists on 01635 582 626.