I'm looking for some help please.
I'm automating an OWI Robot arm kit.
I plan on drilling a hole in a gear in each gearbox for each motor, placing an optical sensor in the housing to provide a pulse with every rotation of that gear, then will use this to count pulses and I think program using this.
I also have an on/off controller I built that I want to feedback to my controller when a certain temperature is reached using a wait function to initiate a loop after wards. It has a low voltage control signal which is either on or off.
The robot arm has 5 small motors for which I will need feedback and to drive accurately enough to repeat a process using loop functions.
I want to have the option of having a running light, an emergency stop button, and perhaps an additional optical sensor for use in part of the process I program.
I was looking into motor control boards... I'm not sure if I need to buy a motor control board and some kind of microcontroller in addition.
I want to be able to program entirely from USB as I have no serial port. Which parts do I need to order from Arduino?
Thank you so much.