I think a good first embedded project would be a reflow oven. I’m sure that I will learn a bunch on this project.
I hope to make the reflow oven out of a cheap but capable toaster oven where the temperature will be controlled to follow a reflow temperature profile.
As I see it now will be composed of the following major components:
- Toaster Oven
- Arduino controller
- Temperature Sensor
- Solid State Relay
- LCD display
- User Interface buttons (as required)
As I become more project savvy I’m pretty sure this lis will change but I need something to aim at to begin with.
Here are some links that inspired this project:
There are more but these are a good start for the basic idea of what a reflow oven is for and how others have approached this project.