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31  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Arduino>cable>usb>windows gui>usb>cable>arduino on: April 05, 2009, 04:15:11 pm
I would like to program a bootloaded Atmel chip, on an arduino board, and then drop that chip with a crystal onto a custom board with all my I/O's.  OK, so I know that's doable.

Then I want to provide the user with a windows GUI program they could download and easily install.  Let the user plug my device into a PC, and they then launch the program.  The program should automatically talk to the arduino chip and read a few dozen pre-programmed values stored on the arduino and display them on the windows GUI.  Then the user should be allowed to make changes to the values, and click a button in the GUI that will save them back on the "arduino".  Unplug the PC, and the values should be saved permanently on the "arduino"

I would assume that using something like a FTDI USB-to-TTL cable, or FTDI chip, would be an easy way to get the "arduino" chip to talk to the PC via USB with out doing it in the "arduino's" code.

I've had a bit of ANSI C programming, but never created a GUI.


1.) Is what I'm describing do-able?
2.) What software should I be looking at to create the GUI? Processing?  I would ideally like to provide a slick, visually appealing interface, but ultimately don't have a year to learn C++ on my own, and deal with all the bugs.
3.) What other methods (besides code on the arduino) can I use to have the bare arduino chip talk to a PC over USB?  The FTDI "USB to TTL" cables are about $30 - not exactly cheap.  Could the same thing be done with a off-the-shelf USB to serial port adapter and a few extra components?

Thanks in advance - and sorry for the long post!  I searched, but I couldn't find anyone asking about something like this.
32  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Arduino Tiny on: September 23, 2010, 03:14:10 am
Thank you - looking forward to trying this out!

There's been a HUGE missing part of the arduino world is the lack of support for smaller chips.  This is great!
33  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: LumiNet (based on attiny84) on: May 25, 2009, 07:58:23 pm
Awesome! Thanks bohne!  I'll check it out this week.
34  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: LumiNet (based on attiny84) on: May 25, 2009, 02:15:58 am
Really looking forward to some ATtiny support with the IDE!!!  Purdy please!
35  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Cyclocomputer with LilyPad Arduino on: January 21, 2011, 08:42:36 pm
I never understood the lillypad - but I really like your craftsmanship!
36  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: First test of CNC Miller conversion on: September 27, 2010, 05:51:33 pm
Man!  That's awesome.  I really would like to convert a mill like this.

Before you go gun-ho on milling FR4, you really should look into the health problems of breathing in fiberglass.  I know you'll say that you were no where near it, or you clean up afterwards - but I don't think that it cuts it (no pun intended) it stays in the air.
37  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Arduino controlled CNC Miller on: December 11, 2010, 01:24:15 am
Awesome write up - looking forward to reading it!
38  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: EFI Arduino Lawn Mower Conversion on: May 31, 2010, 09:48:53 pm
You are my new hero.  How are you "tuning" the amount of fuel?  I'm almost surprised to see that you didn't add a narrow band 02 sensor in there!
39  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Shiftlight for a mazda miata on: October 09, 2010, 01:15:36 am
Interesting red case.  Who makes it?
40  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Toolduino software for controlling your Arduino on: July 15, 2010, 01:24:25 am
Really cool - great idea.  I'm not a fan of actually using the image of an arduino.  It makes the interface too chunky and big.  Slim that baby down (to maybe just the chip?) and I think you'll be onto somethint!

Good work!

41  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: DollyShield: TimeLapse Motion Control (and more) on: August 08, 2010, 03:52:07 am
Very cool.  Well done.

(But you did have me cursing at my computer screen for 10 mins before we get to see the thing move - might want to put that and a sample of the captured images up front in the first 30 seconds of the video)
42  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: edit,compile and flash skethes with a Ben NanoNote on: May 19, 2010, 12:30:52 am
Sorry - but I just couldn't listen to that music.
43  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: GPS-based speeding alert on: April 06, 2010, 10:56:53 am
I'd wear out the LEDs the way I drive...
44  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: RC nitro boat datalogging on: January 18, 2010, 01:23:30 am
Very nice!

Where did you source the plugs that the K-type plugs into to?

45  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Car Keypad on: May 11, 2009, 12:40:23 pm
VERY COOL - I love to see an arduino put to use in the "real world"

I didn't see much power protection going on there.  What are you doing to keep away nasty voltage spikes and reverse voltage?

(a car's power is notoriously bad)
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