Hey everyone - I've recently bought the "Make: Electronics" book and I've ordered an Arduino to start playing around with interfacing physical electronics / computers.
One of my, and at the moment my primary, goal is to use it to help me control stage lighting. I have a couple of designs for holding lights (designed myself and hopefully just using basic halogen lighting to keep the price low / D.I.Y. quotient high) but I'm curious if a laptop and arduino would be a good way of 'controlling' the lighting? I do video projection work where I trigger whats projected using MIDI so I'd love to set up something similiar with the lighting (certain keys trigger certain 'patterns').
Is the arduino the right way to go about this?
(Anyway, hope this is clear enough and in the right forum! thanks!)
edit: i would also say that the ultimate ULTIMATE goal would be to build a controller that doesn't rely on the laptop so that i can use it for other purposes / and when using the laptop process midi input to trigger lighting output. im probably going to rig up the drums with sensors so it'd be great if they could trigger lighting as well, etc...