Where to start:
Where to buy microcontrollers and sensors:
References for arduino projects:http://www.freeduino.org/Some example projects:http://www.sport4minus.de/blog/?p=152
After wrangling with my new toys, sifting through my new nifty little handbook (Banzi's Arduino starter book), and hanging with some helpful sites, I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this. I've successfully executed some (really) simple coding and am somewhat comfortable reading simple schematic diagrams.
Next stop – prototyping the NS73M FM transmitter breakout with Duemilanove.
Challenges on deck: understanding how to interface the IR sensor to Arduino and figuring out how to configure all the bits and pieces. I've learned this much for sure;
Brett + (IR sensor protocols) = angry childish tantrums;
Are these link of any use to me?
By far, this is the best site I've found to get up and running with Arduinos:
Resistor calculator: http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm
for connecting the IR sensor, you shouldn't need any special arduino code but a simple analogRead. a pin from the sensor gives a varying voltage that you can sense with the arduino's analog inputs directly.
So, something like this?