Why bother to use an Arduino if it's permanently connected to a Laptop?
Us lesser mortals find it convenient.
it seem the Arduino is just an interface to some sort of sensor and the Laptop is the Power, logging storage, display & WiFi/Cellular.
The USB cable is the simplest (and very effective) interface between an Arduino and a PC.I am a great believer in the value of cheap PCs in place of specialist peripherals and in the proper division of tasks between the PC and the Arduino.A cheap used laptop running Puppy Linux will probably perform very well. Certainly much better than the same one using Windows XP. You can run PuppyLinux from a USB stick if you want to, and it is a good way to try it without screwing up the existing OS on the PC....R
That is exactly right. What with the gold stars you have under your name, I'm surprised you are having trouble understanding this. Perhaps reading reply #2 again might help. There is a rather long word in there, but you can break it down: con-ven-i-ent
I submit that you would be simply leaving the mainstream for no good reason and going off in a futile exercise in friendless fields with Linux,
Will Linux make it easy for and Arduino to communicate and send commands to a laptop?