I am working in a university, and I'd like to use Arduino in conjunction with several sensors (eg. water level) to monitor an experiment.
The goal is to have the sensors monitor the experiment and stop it if something goes wrong (eg. water starts to overflow somewhere). We'd also like to signal a person to come deal with the problem. (Right now we are considering triggering Skype to call a predetermined person.)
All of the inputs to the experiment are controlled through a computer running windows XP. We have MacroExpress software that takes care of button pushes on the computer during the experiment.
I'd never heard of Arduino until today so I'm looking for some guidance as to the feasibility of using it for this. I have some coding experience, which seems like it would be useful for this.
Please let me know if there is other information I should provide.
Thanks for your help!