Ok, this may be complicated and I'm a noob but advice of any form would be appreciated.
I have a Lego Mindstorm (well I bought it for my son). There are a number of issues:
The IR controller (RIS) does not work under windows 7, the OS of my sons laptop.
The IR controller is connected by Serial (rs232)
Any device built on the mindstorm relys on and established IR connection which seriously limits its range for real time user control.
I am considering a raspberry pi using:
a USB to serial converter (requires kernal 2.4 for drivers)
a usb wifi device
web server on Pi as interface to control the RCX
mount the whole lot on the robot under battery power
talk to the robot via the web interface from the laptop.
has any one experience of USB to serial under linux?
has anyone successfully interfaced with RIS under linux?
has anyone experience of getting a webserver to send commands/data to a serial port?
Am I being way too ambitious?
I want a project to do with my 10 year old son next winter, quality indoor time that doesn't involve TV and playing computer games! Could this be it?
Thanks in anticipation