I have not purchased a Arduino yet. Before I do I would like to put my goal ahead of me and plan out my lessons so I can attain my goal.
Goal: To duplicate this http://mystarbright.com/
Yes, I know I could buy this product BUT what would I learn? Nothing. I already know how to plug things in a wall and push a button. LOL
To achieve my goal which Arduino should I buy and what supporting parts should I get as well (LEDs, boards, relays, transistors or whatever).
I realize that I need to crawl first, then walk and eventually I maybe able to run. So I have plenty of time, desire, and thick skin.
Lesson 1: Getting a single LED to light or even blink would be great.
Lesson 2: Adding a second LED.
Lesson 3: Moving up to a 4x4 array.
Lesson 4: Moving up to a 8x8 array.
Lesson 5: Maybe ramping up to a 16x16 array
I am a complete newbie with electronics at this level so from what I have seen in videos as long as I learn the correct parameters and listen to sound advice I should be able to pick this up.
Programming will not be a problem for me. I say that because I have been programming for the last 30 years from the Basica days, Fortran, Cobol, PC Assembler, C and many others so logic will not be a problem. I am also a professional botter (I automate websites).
I am looking forward to getting started so if someone could point me in the right directions so I don't waste my time or money then THAT my friends would be awesome.
Thanks in advance and I look forward in sharing my experiences.