I've done a bit of programing with the arduino but nothing too advanced,
nothing wrong with that
if I could have the arduino tell me what values the sensor is outputting while it's happening, that would go a long way twords helping me complete this project.
some people would give you the code served on a platter and you can be on your way in the project immediately, but i would prefer to give you the tools and show you how to do it yourself.
What I have so far is the commands telling the motors what to do, i just need the data from the sensors to active them.
okay, telling motors what to do is simple enough, what you need to learn about is Serial communication - ie. getting the data from a sensor connected to the Arduino. (in your case, the sensor is sending the data to the Arduino via I2C (which is an even more advanced version of Serial communication - so let's take it slowly and learn the basic Serial communication first)
have a look at this page; http://arduino.cc/en/Reference/Serial
if that seems a bit much to learn, try this tutorial from SparkFun;https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/serial-communication/serial-intro
I'll try some test runs without the interpretation code and see what happens. In the mean time don't be afraid to post anything you might find helpful on this topic.
i think it's you that shouldn't be afraid to try something.
Never mind I found this website that says the sensor already outputs a value from 0 to 9(for each sector).
"already outputs a value from 0 to 9" - but to where ? using which code ?
i am guessing that website is informative for using the NXT brick - you are using the Arduino now, those resources might not be particularly helpful.
Now I just need to know if the arduino will be able to use this code to pick up on only the Ir beacon and not just any source of Ir light.
HTIRS2setDSPMode(irSeeker, DSP_1200);// FTC beacons are 1200Hz emitters
chances are it won't - that's a code snippet - if you don't already have the definition of HTIRS2setDSPMode()
there is NO WAY the Arduino is going to understand what to do.
i don't think that website is of any use to you, it looks like it's for some totally different platform to the Arduino - i'm a newbie myself and i don't know what all this
stuff is about.
you need to learn to use the Arduino using the Arduino environment, or the "IDE" - the basic starting page is; http://arduino.cc/en/Reference/HomePage
what other sensors do you have that you could start experimenting with ?
if you want to get a quick jump to see how Serial communication works, you can always use the Serial Monitor which is available in the Arduino IDE (icon in the top-right corner); use the code here; http://arduino.cc/en/Serial/Read