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Is there a Arduino-like hardware platform that allows for wireless connectivity (think remote control) and for connection of a webcam (with streaming that wireless video over the wireless connection)?

I really like the idea of a prebuilt hardware platform and would be interested in getting into robotics. Since I am already a proficient programmer, it would be great to take this into the physical world as well.

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I think that your best bet would be a Linux based system. Something like Beagle Board.

Arduinos and their ilk tend to target low cost microcontrollers.

In order to stream video over a wireless connection, you're going to need a fast processor and a fast wireless link. I'd pick an ARM based system, running Linux with WiFi.

Here's an example of what can be done with a BeagleBoard: http://mechomaniac.com/OpenCVBallTracking

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Very cool, I'll look into it :) \$\endgroup\$ – Andrew M Oct 24 '10 at 19:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Andrew - While Joby's answer is a good one, you'll have more and better answers if you wait a while before accepting an answer. 48 hours is generally a reasonable amount of time to wait. There are lots of other takes on this problem than this one. \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Oct 24 '10 at 22:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree with reemrevnivek \$\endgroup\$ – Toby Jaffey Oct 24 '10 at 22:50
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Take a look at the Bug Labs gear - they've got some modules for Wifi, video, 3G and such. http://www.buglabs.net/products

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