SPOTs in the wild

So, as promised ... I'm going to blog more.

We have been quietly letting a few folks outside of the labs -- and even outside of Sun -- play with Sun SPOTs for a while now. Actually quite a while. The first real outside deployment, of sorts, was a Sun-sponsored class at The Art Center College of Design called "The New Ecology of Things."

It was a graduate class centered around designing retail, domestic and social futures. All using Sun SPOTs. The students were amazing in the ingeniousness of what they envisioned, and what they executed, in this class. There is a class blog that chronicled the class, and their achievements. I went down there on at least 3 occasions to view presentations by the students.

But there are others as well. We have been seeding a few select researchers and customers with small development kits (3 SPOTs, the software SDK, and a USB cable) to let them play with Sun SPOTs. The response to these limited availability programs has been, shall we say, overwhelming. I am completely buried with requests from hundreds of individuals in dozens of companies -- as well as hobbyists -- who want these things.

We've even started a public discussion forum for Sun SPOTs (complete with an RSS feed). Some of our early adopters have been posting questions there (most of which we actually answer), and I have even been posting some sample code there as well.

So think about what you might want to do with Sun SPOTs. Tell me where you think they might go. What are sensors good for? Where will they end up? What glaring hole in the world will Sun SPOTs -- or, more generally, sensors -- fill?

[All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. -- Chou En Lai]

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