well, I'm new to arduino and raspberry pi,,
I'm not an "electronics" person,, I have some beginner background that most people would probably not talk about, and some very recent hobby interest. I am a super-beginner with no place in this forum,,, but I WANT some things so I'll just tell you my thoughts.
I think robots are cool,, but robot means autonomous, and this is not as cool as we all wish it was,, the real truth is remote control is king. No machine will outperform a practiced and interested human. for any robot you can make, there will be a human that figures out a way to drive that machine, and when they do there will be a way to outperform the machine, and it won't be THAT hard for any human to do it. The raspberry pi is an opportunity for multi-purpose ultimate connectivity remote control. it has pins, so if something else does too, it should be easy to hook up to it. I think one major problem with commercial robots is they are exactly NOT remote control compatible, but if you consider industrial machines,, the MOST IMPORTANT THING is that an operator is able to somehow drive each moving part using some other form of isolated control.
being able to hook up to arduinos would make sensor data start to be a lot more useful,, yes it's true that people can just use their computer,, but it's also true that the fact is, the phone is a phone and not really as good for everything else, besides, someone is going to call. Your desktop computer can do just any computing, but no it can't because that's not what it is, its a desktop computer and it only does desktop computing. The fucking roomba doesn't work, I'm really just wanting to drive the fucker. No one is buying a fucking robot, well,, the roomba doesn't work without a pilot,, but I WANTED to pilot the roomba.
so raspberry pi is cool and everything, but what it is really is that arduinos are pins,, and you can just hook right up,,, but the arduino doesn't do that. So you can use raspberry pi,, it becomes a dedicated impliment,, if you WANT to drive it with your phone, you can hook up to the raspberry pi with your wifi,, but a phone is a phone.
the other thing is,, HDMI is pretty cool, but if you figured out a way that we can all just usb up to our pi with an android, use the keyboard and mouse the pi has,, but see it on our android, I think that everyone would just be a whole lot happier. (I'm pretty sure someone is specifically trying to prevent that,, delay is fine,, there could be an auto setting for lower resolution,, a phone screen is only small),, no one wants to use the shell,,, they just want the regular pi and ,,,, no one wants to use the whole computer that their phone is,, just the screen,.
At this point I'll finish with my opinion on the average person and electronics., I don't really think these toys are for engineers,,, that would be a joke, my arduino sucks, and I know that there are more professional and effective ways to do everything that can be done,, arduino is a kids toy when compared. arduino is the beginning of an easy way for people to get used to using a higher complexity of electronic interaction so that electronics can become more a part of everyone's everyday life. If you start to do something around it,, and you see that something is hard,, I KNOW that a lot of people on engineering paths think that "people are stupid" and that "this stuff is supposed to be hard" but in the future it won't be, and someone will know that YOU were the monkey for thinking that way,,, learning things is the same for everyone. talent is a way to say "background". well if you want the future, then more people need the background, and then you WON't be talented, it's true, and you already know that,, but you will actually be able to use the thing you think is so great, because it will be everywhere, and in England,, they are giving EVERY PERSON OF THEIR COUNTRY things like these.
Radiohead library is hard to use, but it's a good example of the right idea. I'm pretty ordinary, and i want it to be easier for me to have a couple of toy robots that can map my room and I can use to see places in laser imagery. I also want it to be easier to hook my raspberry pi to anything with a pin. I think it's ok to say what I want because I think I represent a very large percent of the population, and you are talking about a company looking to make money.