Sun SPOTs Hit the ground running
By user9157252 on Apr 06, 2007
So it's been all of a week since the Sun SPOTs went on the market and started shipping.
I'll let that soak in for a minute....
Yes, Sun SPOTs are now on sale, and are shipping (often shipping the same day that they are ordered!) You can order one (or more!) here (http://www.sunspotworld.com/products/).
This may not seem like a huge deal to you, and maybe it only seems like a huge deal to me because I've been in the middle of it for so long, but this is a huge deal!!!We have been working on Sun SPOTs for only about 2 years. This is the next generation of Sensor Networks technology, and it's all running Java. Java on the metal. Small, embeddable, wireless sensors that you can easily program in Java. All you software jockeys that drool when the hardware geeks get out their soldering guns, step right up! I've posted before about how easy it is to add hardware to these things -- about how it's now a software problem -- and it really is true! See this project, and this one, or even this one. And those are just mine! We've got them all over the Project Blackbox Tour SPOTs Rock! This is a research project gone horribly wrong. Horribly wrong in the sense that it has taken on a life of its own, and gone screaming out of control into the world. A success-disaster. We are shipping these things. And they are selling like hotcakes! 100 kits in 5 days of sales is rather remarkable. The hits on SunSPOTWorld.com went from ~100/day to well over 1,000/day. They are doing great things for Sun. North Carolina State University has now based their Senior Design course in Sensor Networks on Sun SPOTs. University of North Carolina's Renaissance Computing Institute is dropping them out of autonomous helicopters for disaster detection. NASA wants to send them into space. The Myth Busters have some. The list goes on.
Once these are gone, we'll have some that will be RoHS compliant, so we'll be able to sell them to the EU and places other than just the US. Sun SPOTs are about to take the world by storm, but we like to start small.
Ok, I'm in the midst of a huge new 'deliverable' of my own right now, so I can't write much more than that, but go, order kits. Develop cool new applications in Java for sensor networks. Post your questions or successes to our forums on Sun SPOT World.
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