The whole concept of arduino has intrigued me ever since I first saw a kit in radio shack and learned about what it was. I always had a nagging desire to learn about it but never really knew what I would do. I recently had an idea that would allow me to learn arduino while creating a fairly unique bit to fit into my car. Of course I could buy one and fit it to my specific vehicle but wheres the fun in that? And this way I'd be killing two birds with one knob (making something with and adding something fun to my vehicle)! Puns aside, I am asking about the feasibility and difficulty level of a project I have in mind. I saw in my travels on the internet a shifter knob for 5spd manual that featured an LCD screen that displayed the current gear. It works, from my guess, by a gyrometer/accelerometer and determined the gears by what angle the stick is in. After installing, the instructions require that the knob be "calibrated", which is what makes me believe that a gyrometer/accelerometer is involved. Link http://www.americanmuscle.com/digital-shift-knob.html?utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default
My project involves crafting my own board/components and fitting them into a custom made shifter knob. I am asking the forum if this is a feasible idea? If so is there a place to start? I am eager to learn but I do not know where to start. I know how to solder and have the basic tools but when it comes to creating boards/programming them, I am in need of guidance. Specifically what type of components I would need and any guides on how to configure them?
Thanks for any of your time/input!