Chapter 10. BUILDING A FRONT PANEL INTERFACE

Buttons, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and small alphanumeric displays are so common that we hardly notice them anymore. Printers, microwave ovens, phones, and DVD and CD players all use buttons, LEDs, and LCDs as part of their user interfaces—and it is likely that you will want to have buttons and LEDs on the front panel of your appliance, as well.

In this chapter, we will describe how to build a front panel UI. First, we will discuss the hardware used on front panels, and we will then show you how to design a UI and menu system for a front panel by reviewing the requirements and design of Laddie's front panel UI.

We divided our coverage of the front panel interface into these sections:

  • Buttons, LEDs, ...

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