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.