My first time posting here. A family member asked me to help them design a human range sensing system for a painting exhibition (or bunch of paintings clustered together). The idea is that standing / walking humans will be detected at a range (6 feet) and trigger LED strip brightness and music volume depending on the proximity of the viewer. Additionally I need to be able to detect if 2 people are present.
I got a raspberry PI 3B, and arduino uno. I purchased some infrared (HC-SR501) and ultrasonic sensors (HC-SR04). I put raspbian (This is probably not a good choice of operating system, correct?) on the PI and am using python3 to write code. I played around with the IR sensors last night and they seemed to have too wide of a detection angle and very finicky.
I would think arduino would be better at interfacing with the sensors, and the PI for controlling LED's and playing music.
Please keep in mind that I am an electrical hardware engineer by profession and am not very great with traditional programming languages (unless it's HDL). I have approximately 3 months to do this project and will be able to spend 3 hours after work each day and perhaps twice that on weekends. Time is very limited therefore I do not mind spending money to make my life easier.
Would someone be able to help me figure out which Hardware / OS / sensor technology and programming language I should be working in?
Thanks in advance!