Hi, I am working on a project but I am new to electrical engineering. The project is going to be a mechanical device with an inductive heater controlled through a console with software to receive inputs for the settings through a user interface. I have read about microcontrollers and their uses but I am not sure how they work in a real system i.e. if you need multiple microcontrollers for different functions. I also need some clarification on how embedded software works as well as the physical components that need to be designed in order to use the software. This project is just an idea so far but I am working on making it tangible any help, information, or reference will be greatly appreciated.