Arduino that controls linear actuator/ solenoid

Hello,

I want to use an Arduino Pro mini (because of its physical size) to control a linear actuator or a solenoid (http://www.robotshop.com/uk/firgelli-technologies-l12-actuator-50mm-210-1-6v-limit-switch.html?gclid=CIb4s7yow88CFUPgGwodMbAHGA) or (http://www.robotshop.com/uk/4-in-stroke-high-speed-linear-actuator.html).

As and input I will be using a flexi force sensor (FlexiForce Sensor Demo Kit - Parallax).

I would like the flexiforce sensor to be wirelessly connected by the arduino. The linear actuator can be directly connected to the arduino.

How will I go about doing this?

Thanks.

The linear actuator can be directly connected to the arduino.

It most certainly can not.

How will I go about doing this?

Start with a realistic set of expectations.
Follow that up with some explicit requirements.
Then, write the code to implement the requirements.

As Paul obliquely hinted, you need to take care connecting solenoids to electronics because they can send damaging pulses of high voltage back into the Arduino's outputs and you need to add a couple of cheap components to protect against damage. You can get ready-made shields that look after this for you but it's easy to DIY too.

Google for "inductive load arduino" and you'll find some guidance.

The flexiforce sensor is going to have to be connected to something or other to take the readings and send them wirelessly. A second Arduino would work but there are other approaches to this problem.

Good luck!