Hello, I am new to the Arduino world, but the potential fascinates me. I am technically capable, but I have little electronics experience. I am looking for tips on a project I am planning. I am building an assembly to measure the bounce of a tennis ball. Originally, I was just going to drop it from a standard height, and visually determine the bounce. I've decided that timing the bounce is really the way to go. I have a block of slate to bounce the ball off. I would like to use the accelerometer of a Wii Nunchuk to register the bounce, and then the second bounce. The time between the two bounces would be the critical data. So, I am looking for the basic stuff: How to interface the Arduino with a Nunchuk, how to interface with my laptop, and what kind of software that I would need to effectively collect and manage the data.
As background, I have converted some old beverage kegs to pressure tanks, and I use them to recharge tennis balls that have lost their bounce. I need to control the process so that I can produce consistent results, and to do this, I need to have an accurate way to compare the recharged balls to new balls.
Thanks in advance for any help. Mike