Sharks, with frickin' lasers on their heads!

Ok, so now the word is 'out', at least sort of. We had our Sun Labs Open House this week, and presented a lot of stuff, but the most exciting was, or course (at least for us!) the Small Wireless Sensor Devices -- we call them spots -- that we showed. They are cool. Very cool.

These are small (obviously) devices that have sensors onboard -- we have a light sensor, a temperature sensor, and a 3-axis accelerometer on ours for now -- and run a wireless network. (802.15.4 for those that are interested).

So at the Open House we showed a bunch of demos, the most amazing part of which was that we just got these boards about 3 weeks ago. And we developed all these demos in about three weeks. How did we develop so much so quickly you ask? Well, unlike the Basic Stamps, and the Berkeley Motes, these little devices run Java. And we all know how to write Java already, right?

So we had demos of small remote controlled robots made from Legos (the cool part of this robot was that the remote control was from another spot, and you controlled it just by tilting the spot in your hand. Tilt it forward, the robot goes forward. Tilt it back, the robot goes backwards. Cool!),

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and we proved, conclusively, that when you close the door to the refrigerator, the light does, indeed, go out. That was fun.

And, just for kicks, we had sharks, with frickin lasers on their heads. Dr. Evil would be so proud.

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These devices are so cool it's hard to keep calm. Coming to work is so much fun again!!! Come to JavaOne if you want to see them. We'll be showing them, and maybe even selling them or giving them away, there.

This time, I mean it. I'm going to try to blog more often. I'll try to keep up to date with what I am doing with these devices, and where we're headed with them ... but I get so wrapped up in actually doing it that I forget to blog.

Thanks to Tim Bray who also works at Sun for posting some of the instructions to use Ecto for posting to my blog. I just hate adding entries through the web interface.

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