Hello Arduino Community,
my name is Sascha, I am 25 years old and I love to create whole new things from my own effort. I am working as a software engineer in Germany and started programming seven years ago. I like programming so much that I am doing it in my spare time. Programming new and complex algorithm only, wasn't enough for me so I startet with Arduino one month ago. I bought an Arduino Uno board with basic electric components and learnd a lot of new things. I am absolutely interested in combining my programming skills with objects in the real life. Until now, everything I've developed was only a result on my computer screen. But now, I want to see results in my real enviroment, like my home.
Because I only know a few basics, I need the help of the community. In my opinion I've found a small basic project that I can approach. I want to create an automatic light management for each room in my flat. I want to recognise how much people are entering and leaving a room. The problem I see is, how I approach that because a light barrier is unable to recognise two people are entering a room directly behind each other because the light barrier will only be interrupt once. The Arduino board would think there is one person inside the room. My light management would turn on the lights and when one people would left the room, the lights would turn off again, although there is still a person inside the room. As another component of the light management, there should be a way to recognise the amount of light inside the room, to determine if it is necessary to turn them on.
You may ask why I do not buy a sensor light. There are a couple of reasons. The first fact is that I am an owner of two cats. The second one is that I want to learn, how to create such things by myself. And last but not least, that project will not stay only as an automatic light management. My intention is to improve the system with other projects in the future.
As I mentioned, I am a beginner in the Arduino world and ready to learn whole new things. Do you think that this project is to much for the start? What components do I have to use, to apporach this project goal? Do you have any advises for me, what I should learn or where I should take a deeper look into?