microcontroller and other components you suggest for this application

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by DatTip, May 19, 2011.

  1. DatTip

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 19, 2011
    Factors to consider:
    1--Cost (cheap to build)
    2--Reliability (everything from signal interference to durability)
    3--Ease of use for a noob like me

    What I want to do:

    1 wirelessly transmit a signal to a transceiver that when activated turns on a light contained in the "pod" (self contained and powered transceiver/light unit).
    2 Have the light turned off manually upon arrival of a person (by a motion or IR sensor) when someone waves their hand over an "eye" from within 4 inches (give or take an inch or 2) of the "pod".
    3 When a "pod" light is turned off, a signal is sent back to the controller letting the controller know that someone has arrived at that location.
    4 The controller then (immediately) sends a signal to another "pod". This lets people know next destination and the process repeats for a specified time period.

    --figure 8-10 "pods" for one controller--
    --Controller will be within 100 feet of the "pods" it controls

    How would you suggest I go about making this happen (remember I am as green as they come in this arena)

    Any help is much appreciated