I have only started looking at arduino, in fact i don't even own one! But before i start tinkering I just want to check on which direction i should take. I want to do an interactive lighting installation using DMX/artnet as the main protocol. I also want to make it standalone, e.g. no laptop sitting in a box somewhere. I also want to interface it with an existing lighting controller that i own, LAnbox LCX.
I basically want a light to react to someone's presence or proximity to a sensor. I thought i could do this using a wirelss arduino + Ultrasonic sensor. Lanbox LCX can receive data and perform actions accordingly via 2 methods. Artnet over ethernet and via a wired digital or analogue input.
Is it possible to build a wireless Arduino sensor that converts the input from the sensor into an artnet signal and then boradcasts that wirelessly? Lanbox would then be attached to a router and look for particular artnet lighting channel levels.
Would it be easier to forget about artnet and send data from a number of Wireless Arduino+sensors to a 'master' wireless arduino wired into the digital i/o ports of the Lanbox.
I have been looking at DMXsimple and DMX shields, but most of these are geared towards sending dmx. I want to convert a sensors output into DMX/Artnet.
Please note the success of the project depends on wireless, but i guess I could start with a wired system
I hope this makes sense!