I have two Sony Vaio pcg 505fx laptop computers. These are an old model from the 90's but were awesome at the time. Anyway, they are super cheap now and very small.
So I have two of these guys, and I want to use one for a fermentation control. I want to be able to monitor the temperature of multiple vessels and log the temperatures over time. I would then be able to print out charts of the ferment temps for record keeping.
Now I know this can be done, and that we can figure out a way to do it.
I was thinking an Arduino card in communication with the comp somehow. I have not used any of these project cards and am not a programmer by trade. The computer is old and runs slow with new systems so here are my questions:
1. What OS should I use. I want the most streamlined system possible since this comp will only be monitoring the temps of 8 vessels, and running no other programs.
2. What hardware do you think I should use? Arduino, other, I am way off base.
3. Is this realistic, can I do this?
Lets get some discussion going. Since these comps can be had for so cheap, this could be a very realistic project for a bunch of people, and could be useful to the community.