I am happy to be amongst some people who could help me make a 5+ year dream for me a reality!!! I hope to be worthy of all of your support with my project.
Project Name: Wireless Completely Programmable Power Strip
A power strip that every single outlet can be programmed Monday - Sunday with up to 5 timers on/off (or less user specified) per outlet per day and have it all done via a GUI on my PC using wireless communications.
I have a very limited knowledge on anything I have an A+ Certification I do not program things on a regular basis and have really only written small and simplistic programs using C#. Only other programming done was 8 bit ASM based programming and that was very limited as well. I have plenty of equipment and some spare time which is limited as well. Just consider me new to everything because I have to reference nearly everything that I do in some way shape or form.
Reason For Needing Such Device
I have been into green since before it was really the "in" thing. This project has the "Green Stamp" all over it. I find for myself if I could find was to be green without really changing my daily routine I am more apt to do it. For example everyone complained about CCFL lighting and in the beginning I was not that impressed by it either. But I looked into it further and I actually found that they make CCFL lighting that is way betting then any Edison based bulb. They are daylight CCFL bulbs which save you money and provide you with a much higher quality lighting allowing you to see colors like you have never seen them before and providing a brightness that is better then any standard light bulb a color that is not dingy and yellowish looking and doing so all while saving money it was a no brainer for me folks and I suggest you give them a try for at least a month once you do you'll never go back. So with this project it is the same principal I would like to easily be able to have things shut off in my home without really having to think about it and if I do need to change the times on a per week basis I want to be able to do it without having to physically pushing buttons like on a digital timer based outlet... I don't want any control outlet solutions where you shut one device off and it in turn turns off all of the devices on a strip as there are some things that I may want running day in and day out like a wireless router or something similar. I believe if such a product did indeed exist people would actually use it.
What do I need help with
Well the short answer is everything I am completely new to all of this. Some of the stuff for starters: What arduino would be best suited to do the job? What other hardware (relays, Wireless hardware etc.. Would be required) What are some good programming examples and info I could use to hit the ground running.
Thank all of you that respond in advance....
Finally would this be the best hardware for the task? (the arduino)