Ive been hearing about Arduinos on hak5 and lifehacker etc and I think its time i got in on the fun too. Can someone recommend a kit or a list of things I might need to get me started? I'm 32 and I've been fixing things and taking things apart for the hell of it for years. I can solder and I have a basic understanding of electronics and I also code a little delphi and c++
I'll go through all of the basics first but what I'd really like to do is use an Arduino to control my garage roller door(industrial type) and maybe create some sort of RFID lock system for my office door.
I'm in Scotland so some recommendations for retailers in the UK would be great.