I'm looking to get into arduino so I can prototype a device. I'm a complete noob to this so bear with me. I'd like to know if it is viable before I drop a lot of money on the prototype.
The device will have a moisture or water sensor. The key is that it should be able to detect when a piece of clothing gets wet. The sensor should not be embedded in the clothing but would be in contact with it. For proof-of-concept purposes I've been looking at these:
In all the tutorials I've seen, I have seen these connected to another little board, which connects to the arduino. So:
1) I'd like to know if these sensors could connect directly to an arduino, though, as I want my prototype to be as small as possible.
2) Since these sensors are made for soil or direct contact with water, will they work for clothing and detect when it is wet?
3) In general terms, does anyone have a suggestion for a good starter kit to get started with arduino that won't break the bank?
Thanks for your time and glad to join the Arduino community!