Thursday Nov 08, 2007

Project SPOTkin

"SPOTkin" Project


The Cluster team is legendary on the MPK Campus for throwing the best Halloween parties [photos]!  One of the featured activities is the Pumpkin Carving Contest.  This popular event provides the staff with a fun and frivolous outlet for their creative skills. My prize-winning entry last year was Project Orangebox, a parody of Project Blackbox.

I was stumped this year to think of a design to top last year's entry... until I remembered the Sun SPOTs!  Sun SPOTs are nifty wireless sensor devices being developed at Sun Labs.  They are small but powerful, fully programmable (in Java), and can do most jobs that call for a microcontroller.  I decided a SPOT would make the ideal engine to drive my pumpkin.  This was a far more ambitious and technically difficult project than Project Orangebox, but with the help of several engineers in Sun Labs, it was successful!

Here is the video of "SPOTkin" in action:


More photos:

 

 

Of course, SPOTkin included a marketing brochure.

Construction details including Java source code

:-)

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