In this project I took a standard toaster and turned it into a reflow oven. This is the introduction video discussing the system and it's main parts. As discussed in the video, there are four main parts. The first is the GUI or graphical user interface which allows user interaction with the system and outputs data for viewing. Second is an analog interface used to boost the thermalcouple signal as well as the room temperature signal from a microchip MCP9700A. The third part is the embedded digital controller (MSP430G2553 on a launch pad) and last is the power system. Once I got all the bugs worked out and got these parts integrated the system ran very smoothly as you can see in the next post (system demonstration).
LED array control
Here is an example video of a simple GUI developed for an embedded FPGA system. This is a small scale interface, developed in a short period of time from the ground up, showing a few features and functionality. Even though this example is short and feature limited it does exemplify how clean, reliable and configurable our GUIs can be. An application like this can allow you to more efficiently test, debug and demonstrate your own embedded project. The python and VHDL code was developed in house by GSS.