So, I'm a computing scientist. The coding stuff is straightforward and easy. I have no idea where to start on the physical side and have no background with electronics.
What I'm going to try to build for my first major project is a card sorting machine that can sort magic the gathering cards (www.wizards.com/magic)
I have some software on my PC that I've written for identifying a card and sorting it in memory, but I need to do this action physically, (I also still need to work in the webcam part, but I can do all that on the PC).
so what I need is a way to pick up 1 card at a time and move it to and from various 'buckets'. At least this is how I picture it going. Recommendations on better ways to do it are welcome.
What I envision is something along the lines of several 'buckets' in a row where the first bucket is where you would put the cards in, the camera would take a picture of the top card, and move it to a bucket to the side. I was thinking of using this method to merge sort the cards and then give back the sorted cards to the user. The concerns are how do you pick up 1 card at a time, place it with precision, without damaging it.
I'm at a complete loss as to where to begin with the hardware side of things. I bought an arduino and abook on getting started and it's awesome, but learning how to light up LEDS doesn't really help me with some of this.