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interacting with machines

Driven by new technologies and increasing digitalization, interaction between humans and machines has become part of everyday life.

Modern HMIs (Human-Machine Interfaces) are fundamentally changing the way we interact with technology, whether using home appliances, controlling industrial equipment, or monitoring metering instruments.

Interaction at smartphone level and beyond

HMIs provide various intuitive interaction possibilities through touch, voice, and gestures, to name just a few. Moreover, augmented reality (AR) combines the physical and digital worlds to create an interactive environment enriched with digital elements, such as visual or optical effects.

There are virtually no limits to the HMI functions that allow users to interact effectively with highly complex machines in a simple way:

  • Real-time monitoring of critical parameters to notify about deviations from normal operations
  • Data visualization to comprehend complex situations and leverage decision-making
  • Efficient controlling of machines to facilitate their operation
  • Remote access to facilitate troubleshooting and maintenance via apps
  • On-the fly comparison with historical data retrieved from the backend to identify areas for improvement
  • Cyber security and access controls to protect sensitive data and prevent unauthorized access
  • Integration capability with external systems to synchronize operations and leverage the capabilities of interconnected systems

Modern HMIs match their case of application:

  • Easy configuration and customization options
  • Multilingual support
  • Support of high-resolution output / displays
  • Configurations with different panel sizes, touch screens, keypads
  • Compact size, low weight, low power consumption
  • Usability and reliability even in harsh industrial environments

Modern HMIs are easier to use and highly cost-effective because of their use-case-specific focus.


great user experience

To design the right processing module for a broad variety of modern HMIs, the following must be considered in particular:

  • Sufficient processing power to run complex algorithms, perform real-time data analysis, or execute machine learning models
  • Graphics acceleration for visualizing complex data, or supporting augmented reality (AR)
  • Neural network acceleration to train and deploy Machine Learning algorithms including necessary memory and storage capacity
  • Interfaces (e.g., ADC, GPIO, I2C, SPI) to connect with the sensors and software libraries or drivers to facilitate data acquisition and processing
  • Communication protocols (e.g., WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet) to enable data exchange with other devices or cloud services
  • Real-time processing to ensure low-latency interactions
  • Tools or frameworks for creating user-friendly interfaces, including features such as touch support gesture recognition, voice input/output, or multimodal interaction
  • Security features such as encryption, authentication, secure boot, and secure communication protocols to protect data integrity and prevent unauthorized access

Low power System-on-Modules for high-performance tasks

Theobroma Systems’ modules are based on the Qseven form factors and have all the necessary components included on a single board, such as CPU, GPU, NPU, memory, storage, and I/O interfaces. They rely on Rockchip’s ARM-based System-on-Chips (SOC) featuring low power consumption even for high-performance tasks such as evaluating large amounts of sensor data.

An EAL6+-certified secure element ensures the necessary security level and asset protection.

Reduced development costs and shortened time to market

The functional scope of a module can be configured for a specific use case to make full use of cost advantages. This includes both the software with the Board Support Package (BSP) and hardware components such as memory and I/O interfaces.

A comprehensive evaluation kit allows software development to begin before the device hardware design is complete, enabling a short time to market. All modules run on Linux, supported by Debian, Yocto and Buildroot.


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why Theobroma Systems

Right in the very heart of Europe, in the Austrian capital of Vienna, we are committed to high-quality products and sustainable manufacturing.

With inherent security in mind, Theobroma Systems is certified according to the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (ISO/IEC 15408).

From concept and design to hardware and software development, parts purchasing and manufacturing: The expertise and speed of our technical support makes us your one-stop-shop for industrial-grade intelligent modules.

To get you up and running as quickly as possible, we have lead times that can be as short as two weeks.

Our production capabilities range from small batches to high volume production runs, i.e., from 10 to over 100,000 modules.

We guarantee module availability for up to ten years by ensuring that discontinued parts are replaced with those of an identical form, fit and function. 

The challenge Theobroma meets is not only to build smart modules, but also to design, develop and manufacture the brain of HMI that is also reliable, robust, and secure.


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All Rights Reserved.