I have been tasked with a problem and in all of my searching on the web it looks like Arduino is the perfect solution. The problem is that I am on a week and a half deadline so I am asking if there would be anyone who would give me a HUGE favor by helping me walk through Arduino. Here is my project.
It is for a theatrical production where the set designer just sprung on me that the cubes on stage that light up are not fixed but movable. I have four cubes that have acrylic front panels. Each cube contains four battery powered lights (different colors) that can be controlled from the light booth.
Here is what I am imagining, please, someone tell me if I am aiming sort of close to the right answer.
Each cube will have a battery (probably a 12v dewalt tool battery) and four different colored lights (white, red, amber, blue). I envision an arduino with a wireless module in each with the light board cues (dimming, etc) written into the run code of the arduino. A fifth arduino/wireless module would be connected to a laptop in the booth. Since the color and dimming are written into the code all I will need the laptop do is cue each cube onstage to go to the next line of code which would have what color and dimming built into it. All four cubes do the same thing all the time. I would, however, like to be able to talk to each cube separately so that if a cube missed a cue I could go back and sinc them again.
Does any of this make sense? What would I need to do this? how difficult is it? How complicated is it?
I have NO Arduino experience, limited electronic experience but I am hella good a figuring out how to do stuff.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.