Hello all, I don't have any hardware yet. I've been studying and have narrowed it down to the Arduino Mega + Ethernet shield or a Make Controller v2.0 Application Kit.
I'm leaning toward Arduino because the community here seems much more lively and there also seem to be many books with Arduino examples, etc.
I'm new to micro-controllers so I want to skip programming the board as much as possible and handle that in the software end of things (MaxMSP or Flash AS3). I'm basically looking to pass information from sensors (via ethernet) to and from a computer and have the raw data processed by a program on the computer.
It seemed really easy to do this with the Make Controller using OSC (Open Sound Control) and MaxMSP or Flash AS3 without programming the controller. Is this difficult to do with the Arduino Mega? It seems hard to find an ethernet shield for the Mega, although I found this one out of stock: http://www.nkcelectronics.com/nkc-ethernet-shield-for-arduino-mega--duemilanove--diecimila-diy-kit.html
I'm basically preparing to use some ultrasonic sensors, something like this: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=639 . I plan to daisy chain them around a room and sense where a participant may be positioned in a room. Based on that information audio/video projections could be triggered.
This seems like it should be a pretty common type of installation problem. Can anyone share their hardware/software setups and techniques? Would the Mega or the Make Controller be better suited to such tasks?
Thanks and best regards! David