I've been mulling over this idea for a while now.
I've narrowed down the main computer boards to these two.
First is the Arduino DUE. It's a mule amongst show ponies.
Arduino Due - assembled [Due] ID: 1076 - $49.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits
By using Arduino libraries, you can reduce the amount of code by eliminating repetitive modules. You just call for the one and use it over and over as needed with out having to type it over and over. It uses C++ for its language and has it's own compiler software for free.
Next up is the Intel Edison. Lots of raw horsepower and plenty of ram. Problem is its OS in a bastard version of Linux.
Intel® Edison Kit w/ Arduino Breakout Board ID: 2180 - $109.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits
From the vids and tuts on it, the command code is long and clunky. I'm looking in to what languages can be use with it and whether or not compiled code will run on it.
Once I get settled on which one I'll use then come the next set of components to add in to make it all come together.
Any comments and or suggestions are welcome.