I have a mechanical background, programming background, but no Electronics experience. I have a great idea I came up with that I want to prototype first and then look into higher volume approach. I know all the parts on Adafruit I want, I have a drawing showing the lay out of the components, but where I hit a wall is knowing what platform I need to tie it to. I do not know how to decide if I go with an Arduino UNO, Arduino MEGA, PIC32, Raspberry, etc..
I someone would so kind as to help me direct my attention to answering this question then I can make a major stride in my prototyping effort. I have watched several videos for beginners, but they are just that...beginner level, and do not go into using as many components as I will be. I basically without too much detail, be using a 16x2 LCD panel, several LEDs, a keypad, LED buttons, speakers and that is just the GEN1 model.
I look forward to learning electronics, as I build this prototype, but unfortunately I do not have the patience or time to waste learning how to make a light blink if my end game is so much more than that. Once I know the main platform I will be purchasing everything else I plan to use and learning how to implement each one of them using the videos, etc..
Looking for some initial platform knowledge,