Seeing as you ask, my intended use of the LP is to act as a brain and hub for attached serial devices that are currently installed in an interactive laser game that we take out on a road show to festivals.
1 of the devices an Ardunio DUE, that has 25 sensor and 25 lasers connected which are controlled by the Due (needed 50 digital IO pins to avoid multiplexing with each pin attached to an interrupt.) to be able to be turned on and off to control a game.
The object of the game is to get from 1 end of the hall to the other without tripping any of the laser beams, or a similar game mode with a number of buttons inside that require pressing while navigating your body between the beams to win.
The 2nd serial device is an Ardunio Mega driving a 60x7 matrix of WS2812B LED's which we use as a scoreboard for players inside the structure playing the game.
The role of the LP is to create a user interface in VC++ or QT which will read the data from the serial device with sensors, and display a nice GUI/diagnostic application, this will also save the data and the scores of the game and generate a scoreboard on a display.
The scoreboard is a php/html/css/js type of scoreboard and so the LP will also be acting as a web server.
With the LP we also intend to connect up printers for players to take their score away with them along with some other puzzles and clues to other puzzles in our collection of interactive games, we may also look to have this sync all its data online to the cloud in realtime so that scores automaticly get published to our website
The possibilities with this device are many and I don't think I'm even scratching the surface of it.
Essentially we could have used a laptop however that would have been a bit toomuch bulk and also there are moving components in most laptops which we tend to avoid, specially at festivals with loud music as the vibrations from the bass bins can render most spinning hard disks useless after a couple of shows, SSD and Flash storage is of cause an option, but then the panda ticks all the boxes for a fraction of the price and in a smaller form factor.
I did have some other projects in mind, but at present it seems that it is not possible to power on the device remotely, or for the device to boot upon powering up, this is a massive gottcha for us as I would intend to mount these in places that might not be easy to access or would take me a great deal of time to travel to, to press the power button, I am of cause now looking at alternative devices/solutions to overcome this problem.
Good luck to all with their projects!