Bugger! It's Java ME tech in Lego-like gadgets!

Bug Labs has done it! They put Java ME technology in Lego-like components that "snap" together to form all kinds of interesting hardware forms.

See:

Java ME in Lego-like gadget parts

Here's a quote:

 ...a small mini-computer complete 
 with Wi-Fi and onboard memory, 
 that can take on up to four 
 snap-on modules.  By writing 
 software in JAVA, a creative mind 
 can come up with any number of 
 combinations that large 
 electronics companies may have 
 never thought of.
Cool. Now I can build that Lego house I always wanted but with Java ME running in the guts. And, so what if there are no Windows... :-)

Comments:

Bug Labs won a "Best of CES for Emerging Tech" from CNET for this. Sun should be touting Java ME's ability to help foster innovation more!

http://ces.cnet.com/best-of-ces/?tag=promo

Posted by Kevin on January 11, 2008 at 05:20 AM PST #

Hi Kevin,

Yes they did and yes we should! :-) Innovation using Java ME tech rocks!

Hinkmond

Posted by Hinkmond Wong on January 11, 2008 at 07:52 AM PST #

What a great idea!

Am personally looking for a project for an OU Course to do... I just wonder....

Posted by Ken on January 15, 2008 at 01:26 AM PST #

Actually, you should not be calling this platform Java ME. They tried unsuccessfully to obtain a TCK license to use the open source PhoneME project in an open source platform. So you can say they put PhoneME technology on the platform but it's not compliant.

http://www.bugblogger.com/2007/10/gpl-sun-java-tr.html

Posted by Ken Walker on January 17, 2008 at 02:36 AM PST #

Hi Ken,

That's true. Technically, Bug Labs uses PhoneME and the technology inside it should be called PhoneME.

It's only one degree of separation to Java ME though. ;-) :-)

Hinkmond

Posted by Hinkmond Wong on January 17, 2008 at 02:43 AM PST #

I know, just fighting the fight to get a little more attention to the licensing issues for open source projects that should be granted by rights through the JCP for all TCKs not just the ones from Sun. Cheers...

Posted by Ken Walker on January 17, 2008 at 02:48 AM PST #

I hear ya. It's a valid issue. I think the more people who comment about this open source licensing issue, the better data and feedback we can give our marketing types here.

Hinkmond

Posted by Hinkmond Wong on January 17, 2008 at 03:00 AM PST #

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