I am a mechanical engineering student and completely new to arduinos. For my senior design project I would like to automate different functions for a "smart" coffee table I am designing. My plan is to use the Bluetooth shield in order to control the features of the table from a smart phone. The mechanical components should come easily to me but the control systems and wiring will be a major hurdle.
I am early in the design phase but I have a basic idea of what things will need controlled and I have several road blocks ahead. Simple things like controlling multiple motors in order to unfold trays and how to power them. Controlling the power that is sent to a peltier tile in order to cool cup holders. There are other subsystems that may end up in the final design but getting past these basic things like sending power to multiple components and how many components can I control with an arduino I'd really like cleared up now.
Thanks to anyone who can help!