I'm about to start a graduate program in installation/new media. I've been researching different hardware/software options for creating installations. It seems MaxMSP or ActionScript would be good programming solutions for audio/video style installations.
I've been researching different options for hardware interfaces so that I can use sensors, etc. to trigger different events. It all seems so overwhelming though. Here are some of the options I've found:
I'll be using primarily Apple computers. Can anyone give their thoughts on advantages and disadvantages of using any of the hardware interfaces above? Some questions:
Which are best supported in documentation/tutorial and customer support?
Which work best using a Mac?
Which are easiest to use?
Which have the best sensors?
Are certain systems better for certain things?
Thanks for any advice on gearing up!