Hello all. Brand new user here and I'm hoping I am in the correct world. I think I am.
I am currently in the design phase of a custom automated game table. I want the table's appearance to be that of a basic coffee table. However, when I push a button I want it to convert to the game table hidden within....
Here's my idea.
small actuators/servos lift a hinged wooden plank at each end of the table.
small electric motor engages and rotates the top (made of hardwood slats) out of the way, exposing game table underneath
actuators close, giving the table the appearance of being a purpose-built game table.
after gaming is done, push button again
steps 1 through 4 run again in reverse order, thus making the coffee table in my living room appear normal again.
A co-worker directed me to your world. I have the skills to build the table itself, but the automation part of it has me at a loss. I looked on the internet and didn't see anything that really nailed what I need, so here I am...at the mercy of you all. I will be using bearings throughout the project so I would think the resistance on the electronics would not be much more than the weight of the wood itself. I'd imagine I'd need limit switches for the open/closed positioning of the servos and motor, as well. I am also hoping this can all be run off of a rechargeable battery pack as the thought of a power adapter cable running across the floor would not be aesthetically pleasant.
My question is: Is this within the scope of that the Arduino Uno board? I will research the programming aspect of it when the time comes, but for now I just want to make sure I'm where I need to be.
I haven't dug around the site for compatible products with the boards yet, so I won't ask about actuators or motors just yet. I just want to get my feet wet in your world first.
I thank you in advance for any assistance on helping me realize one of my dreams...