Im planning to make a remote controlled robot, more like a rover with couple of hands of 4 or 5 function.

And Im thinking to make a computer controlled interface to control all its function including receiving its video feed back from onboard camera system.

To make computer based interface I want to know what will be good software for designing controller interface. Im thinking on LabVIEW or Matlab, I need to know is there any better and easy than this for starters.

Please provide your valuable opinion based on your personal experience and knowledge in particular issues.

thank you in advance

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