Security System vs. Robot
I have to admit, when I couldn't figure out what was causing that short in my system, I was even starting to question my ability to pull this installation off. Now that I've found the short, and especially now that I see it was such a simple thing, that confidence bobble is past me. I'm ready to move on to new challenges, and the Arduino-based vehicle security system is high on that list.
To get to the security system, we're taking a dual-track approach. My granddaughter is 7; she's interested in what we're doing with the Arduino, and we both like the idea of drawing her into it. Still, a vehicle security system isn't going to hold her attention very long, simply because it doesn't "do" anything. But Josh mentioned a robot, and that grabbed her.
So, while we learn how to make the Arduino do what we want it to do, we'll aim our work at building a robot. And most of what we learn will apply to the security system -- and to things we haven't even thought of, yet.
NOTE: For real top-level security, what I'd like is a trunk monkey, but it isn't an option on the Scion.
I'm watching the developments in work being done by bugbyte and kev000 on connecting their cars to the cloud. I want our cars connected, too, and these guys are leading the way.
Meanwhile, we're working out robot -- or maybe even Battlebot -- stuff. In the security area, I'm thinking up ideas like setting up some contacts in the theft-worthy stuff, connecting them to capacitors, and making sure that trying to steal things would be "exciting" for the thieves. Of course, to keep from having the jerks try to sue us for their pain and suffering (which I'd hope to capture on video), we'll have to find some sort of reasonable application for those devices.
Hmmmm. That could be good stuff to roll into the robot, too . . . this is fun stuff.