this is my first post, I'll humbly apply to your forum rules and hope this is the right thread to post my topic according to your guidelines. Also I'm neither an experienced electrician nor programmer so please excuse me for maybe asking not-so-hard questions.
I'm currently wondering if an arduino system would be suitable for a project of mine:
I want to create a small rig to take images of fabrics. There will be a top mounted camera facing downwards onto a defined surface. An certain number (I'm thinking of 8 Sets containing 3 LEDs each) of LEDs will be mounted in a circle around that surface. Additionally there will be two sets of 4 LEDs each to light the surface from above and below.
I would like to have some kind of device that controls the light and the cameras shutter. File handling will be realized by another device, so its just 'triggering'.
The device should allow me to start a predefined process like the following:
Top Lights on + Camera shutter Pause Top Lights off + Bottom Lights on + Camera shutter Pause Bottom lights off + Circular LED Set 1+4 on + Camera shutter pause Circular LED Set 1+4 off + Circular LED set 2+5 on + Camera Shutter pause (and so on)
...resulting in each progress triggering a certain number of images.
the cameras shutter can be triggered by an analogue signal to a dedicated remote jack, so no need for going digital, IR, USB or anything. also I'm planning to use this device in daily business so it should be built to work reliable and for many process cycles. LEDs should be quite bright to keep the shutter speed low, so i guess the amount of LEDs as well as their power usage require some external power source.
That would be minimum requirements, additional, nice-to-have or cosmetic features would be:
control LED brightness (in general or individually) hardware failure display (some kind of red light indicating something is wrong) ability to retake only a certain image (i.e. Lights 3+4) touch-screen with a custom UI as input device (really just for cosmetic reasons) progress bar of some kind
Do you think that going arduino in this case is the right choice? Given I'm not capable of developing this all by myself what would you estimate in terms of cost for hardware and programming?
Thank you for your advice and kind regards :)