Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Internet of Things Workshop for Kids

Devoxx4Kids is offering workshops for kids 6th grade and older to learn the basics of the Internet of Things in Mountain View, California on Sunday, May 4th. Register your child now for the morning or afternoon session!

These workshops will cover the basic concepts applied for interfacing the real world to the digital world, like sensors and controllers, circuits, voltage, current, analog and digital signals. Kids will learn via hands-on activities using the Arduino Uno, an open-source micro-controller. It can control simple components like switches, LEDs, and light sensors. Arduino kits will be provided for hands-on experience in a shared setting. 

The Internet of Things is growing each day. Objects from everyday life, like water heaters, energy meters, and weather stations are now connecting to each other and people, computers and the Internet. Now is the time for your child to learn about this exciting area!

Internet of Things for Kids

Sunday, May 4, 2014
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hackerdojo, Mountain View, CA 

Price: $10.00/per person

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, no on-site registration. 

Note: Please download and install the software as described prior to the workshop.

Devoxx4Kids is focused on educating parents to teach their kids and show that it is possible to be creative with computers. The goal is to introduce parents and their kids to programming, robotics and engineering in a fun way. This is achieved by organizing sessions where attendees can develop computer games, program robots and also have an introduction to electronics. 

Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Free IoT and Java Training!

Our latest training is about Raspberry Pi, Java Embedded and IoT. This training is to help you, developers, to build a Java embedded application and submit it to the IoT Developer Challenge by May 30th.  The winners will receive a trip to JavaOne 2014.


On top of new video training being available every week, you can ask technical expert Vinicius Senger about any technical issues you face with your project during the weekly webinar. Register for the next webinar on Monday, March 24, 2014


Can't attend the webinar? Ask your questions on the Challenge dedicated support forums.

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Java SE Embedded 8 is Now Available

Java SE Embedded 8 

In addition to Java SE 8, Oracle has also announced the General Availability of Oracle Java SE Embedded 8. It provides a development platform for embedded devices and the Internet of Things, with all of the flexibility, portability and robust features available in the Java SE Platform.

Download Oracle Java SE Embedded 8

Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 Documentation

The 
Java SE 8 Central Resource page (for both SE 8 and Embedded)

Join us on March 25 for the Online Launch

Java SE Embedded 8 and Compact Profiles

Java SE Embedded 8 is a new release of Java SE technology that for the first time has the feature of Compact Profiles.  There are three new Compact Profiles that represent three new, smaller Java SE Runtimes that are compatible subsets of the full Java SE 8 API specification. The Compact Profiles feature is useful in small devices, can be used to shorten the time to download an application from a download server, and makes for more compact deployment of Java applications that bundle the JRE. A JRE can be configured with a compact profile, reducing its footprint for deployment along with a compact profile application. Java SE Embedded 8 enables developers to create customized JREs using the JRECreate tool. Starting with Java SE Embedded 8, individual JRE downloads for embedded platforms are no longer provided. To get started, download an eJDK bundle suitable for your target platform and follow instructions to create a JRE that suits your application's needs.

Technical Articles

Java SE Embedded 8 Compact Profiles Overview

Java SE Embedded 8 vs. Java ME CDC Comparison 

Java Flight Recorder and Java Mission Control on Java SE Embedded 8

With Java Embedded technologies, you can create highly functional, reliable, portable, and secure solutions for small to large embedded devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Reduce costs, improve product quality, speed time to market and have fun with Java! 

Friday Mar 14, 2014

Video: Is It a Car? Is It a Computer? No, It’s a Raspberry Pi Java Carputer

Most of us sit inside the Internet of Things without even knowing it. Today's cars have onboard computers that generate lots of data. A self-described "petrol-head," Oracle Technology Evangelist Simon Ritter combined his love of tech with is love of cars to create a simple carputer so he could access the inner workings of his Audi.

For under £100, Ritter was able to connect a Raspberry Pi to his car. He used Java Embedded and JavaFX to build an application to monitor engine performance, throttle position, and G-forces on the car. 

Enjoy his presentation from Q-Con London

and this OTN Community Cast.

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Richmond JUG: Java and the Internet of Things

Join the Richmond, Virginia JUG for a special evening learning about Java and IoT. Sharada Achanta, VP of Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware, will discuss latest on development on Java for IoT. He'll cover what's new in Java 8 and Oracle Event Processing for Embedded Java, as well as example use cases where there is a convergence of IoT, Big Data/Fast Data and the Cloud.

Richmond JUG Meeting
University of Richmond
Jepson Hall, Richmond, VA
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
5:30 PM 

Come early to network and enjoy food. Announcements and a quick raffle of cool products from the Richmond JUG and meeting sponsors follow the presentation.

The demand for smart, connected products continues to grow, and this is a huge opportunity for Java developers. Estimates are there will be 20 to 50 billion connected devices by 2020, generating US$14.4 trillion in value. However, the IoT value chain is highly fragmented and complex, especially when it involves edge devices. Machine-to-machine development can be complex, and current options are closed and monolithic. We need new value business models and seamless device-to-data-center platforms to truly enable the "Internet of Things". Java enables an open, standards-based platform to deploy highly integrated, end-to-end, device-to-data-center solutions. If you are in the Richmond area, come learn how Java and IoT go together.

Java 8 at EclipseCon 2014


Oracle is sponsoring a full day of Java 8 at EclipseCon on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. With Java 8 being released on that day, you will be the first to hear from the Java 8 architects after the release. 

As part of the program, Java architect Stuart Marks and engineering director Georges Saab will discuss the new features in Java 8. Java architect Alex Buckley will present lambdas. Expert Thomas Schindl will tackle JavaFX 8.  

The late afternoon will be about the Internet of Things and embedded Java ME and SE, a big focus of the Java 8 release. Java architect Hinkmond Wong will present Java SE 8 compact profiles for embedded development. Expert Robert Clark will explore how to bring Java to the Internet of Things. 

Join us on March 18 for an evening reception from 18:00 to 19:00. 

Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

See Java in Action at SXSW

Java will be on display at SXSW, empowering developers and robots alike. See how Java is uniquely suited to support the Internet of Things at these presentations:

On Sunday, March 9th, at 3pm Angela Caidedo, Java Technology Evangelist, will show the Java Duchess Segway in "Beyond Beauty: JavaFX, Parallax, Touch Raspberry Pi, Gyroscopes, and Much More." She* is a Java SE Embedded-powered, self-balancing robot built using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3. (*Ambiguous pronoun reference intentional.)

On Monday, March 10, Nandini Ramani, VP of Java Development, will show how "Java Empowers the Internet of Things" at 3pm and how to "Navigate the Internet of Things" at 5pm.  

You can also see Java in Action at the Oracle Discovery Lounge at the Waller Creek Boathouse.  There will be demos, food, drink and cool air! Play a Java-powered, Twitter-enabled smart darts game. Join us for a (invitation only) reception Friday night. You can meet and get your picture taken with some of the crew of Oracle Team USA who won the America’s Cup. Oracle Discovery Lounge will be open 11am-7pm Saturday March 8 to Monday March 10.

Monday Mar 03, 2014

Compete in the IoT Developer Challenge!


Show the world your embedded Java + Internet of Things (IoT) application for a chance to win a trip to JavaOne 2014! 12 winners will receive a trip to JavaOne 2014, the #1 place to meet world-renowned Java experts. In addition, six students will receive laptops and certification vouchers. Team up and submit the video and code of your project  by May 30, 2014.

Don't know how to start? We are providing eight free online training sessions in March and April. They will introduce you to embedded Java Embedded, IoT, Raspberry Pi and more. Everyone who registers gets a chance to win a Raspberry Pi starter kit.  

Need just a little bit of help? We will provide experts along the way -- regular "office hours." Ask questions on the Challenge forums and check the online resources. There may be some source code and solutions you can use for your project.  

At previous developer challenges, we've had developers:

  • Connect a doorbell to a camera, taking a picture and sending it to a cell phone when someone rings the doorbell.
  • Help blind people figure out which recycling container to use ("put it in the blue can" doesn't help!)
  •  Control a toy monster truck from a phone (Monster Truck As A Service!) 
  •  Connect a heart monitor to Google glass so your doctor or trainer can see your heart rate.

This short video shows them in action: 

Entries will be judged based on their implementation, innovation and usefulness:

  • Quality: a well-implemented project that uses Oracle Java Embedded with computer boards, devices or IoT Technologies
  • Innovation: a new and innovative way of using Java Embedded.
  • Usefulness: a project that meets a business need.

Learn more and register for the IoT Developer Challenge at www.java.net/challenge

Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Develop Java Applications Using a Raspberry Pi

Ready to dive into the Internet of Things? Take the new, free, online course "Develop Java Embedded Applications Using a Raspberry Pi." The Oracle Learning Library has created this course which provides code, examples, and experts to teach you and answer your questions.

Java experts Stephen Chin, Jim Weaver, Simon Ritter, Angela Caicedo, and Tom McGinn will lead you through basic exercises. Each week, you'll get a new set of course materials:

  • A series of short, pre-recorded videos provide the "lecture" portion of the course.
  • A homework project is linked to the video material, and applies what you have learned by working with Java ME Embedded, the Raspberry Pi, and some electronic components.
  • A graded quiz evaluates how well you have grasped the materials and the homework.

Order your equipment now so you can have it in time for the course start on March 31st!

Here are a few FAQs (You can send questions or comments to Java-MOOC-Support.)

Q: Is the course free or do we have to pay for it?

A: The course is free. There is hardware you have in order to complete the labs (homework) but the course materials are free.

Q: It starts end of March and goes on for five weeks, but how often / how long will sessions occur? 5x 1hour? Or 25 full days? At what time will the sessions occur? 

A: This course is delivered entirely on-line.  There are no set times for sessions because the training is in pre-recorded video that you can watch anytime, anywhere.  Each week Oracle will release the materials for that week, and you should expect to spend between 4 and 6 hours each week on the lessons, the labs and the quizzes.

Q: Is there anything special about the kit (e.g. parts that are just for the MOOC that you wouldn't normally be able to buy)? 

A: The parts for the MOOC are only special in that they represent the use case presented by the course, that of an asset management system designed to provide data on container shipments of fresh produce: container door access (switch), temperature (I2c), global position (UART), and of course a RaspberryPi and breadboard as the development platform. The devices are available through Adafruit and relatively inexpensive.

Register now for "Develop Java Embedded Applications Using a Raspberry Pi."

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Register today for the Oracle Java ME Embedded MOOC!

By Guest Blogger Tom McGinn 

We are pleased to announce that the Oracle Massive Open Online Course: Develop Java                             Embedded Applications Using a Raspberry Pi is open for enrollment.

The course will start March 31st!

Enroll

Java Embedded leverages your experience with Java to open the world of the Internet of                                     Things by providing direct access to electronic sensors and mechanical devices.

This free course, designed for Java developers, is delivered over 5-weeks. Take the course                                       at your own pace - weekly we will add new lessons, quizzes and homework assignments.

You will work on a real-world application to:

  • Read input data from switches and drive LED's using the GPIO interface
  • Read temperature and barometric pressure from an I2C device
  • Read the device's current location using a GPS UART device
  • Store and manage data collected
  • Report data to a client through a variety of communication options
  • And more!


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