Can I turn a gaming laptop into a robot?
I just got a new asus laptop for christmas 2010. It has an intel core2duo with centrino technology clocked at 2.53GHz, 6GB of DDR2 RAM, 1 500GB HDD with a second HDD bay available, 4 USB ports, Ndivia GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB GDDR3 and a 17" screen but at the sacrifice of only a 2hr battery life. Could a set of motors/sensors be used through USB? Are there any instructables on making usb motor/sensors? Don't want to break my laptop ($740). Being a laptop, it gets the issue of battery power down, but it's the only laptop I have.
So basically, can I use the powerful "brains" of the laptop to run a robot?