Sun SPOT V5.0 Red Release
By roger on Jul 30, 2009
Sun SPOT V5.0 Red Release
Its been a busy summertime so far and I realized that I haven't yet mentioned our new release here... so, here's the scoop: The new v5.0 Red release is available now from SPOTManager. As always, remember it includes an emulator so you can play with it even if you don't have any physical Sun SPOT devices.
Here are a few interesting things to check out in the new release:
Updates to Solarium
Solarium includes several new views that add significantly to its usefulness. Radio View, Robot Simulator and Deployment View. Each is described below. Also, there is a new demo that shows how to add your own extentions to Solarium (SolariumExtensionDemo ).
Solarium now includes a robot simulator that lets you program a virtual Sun SPOT-based robot to navigate a maze and other virtual obstacles. These robots are based roughly on the iRobot Create which is a fine little robotics platform used in the IAROC competition among other things. From Solarium, simply open the RobotView and then click on "Add Robot." This will create a robot and virtual Sun SPOT to control it. You can even run multiple robots at the same time in the simulator. Its quite fun. Try the tutorial here.
Radio View give you a visualization of the radio space of your Sun SPOTs. Its tells you which devices can talk to each other and the relative signal strength of the connection in each direction. This makes it much easier to construct multi-hop experiments and understand issues with your network topology. Click on a node to get information about its transmit power, MAC filtering and routing manager. Click on a link to get information about the strength ofJust open a Radio View from within Solarium to try it out.
The Sun SPOT platform includes advanced cryptographic capabilities. Many people don't even know that they are using Elliptic Curve Cryptography every time they deploy code to their Sun SPOTs, but they are. The system verifies the owner and validity of the code during deployment.
Now there is a demonstration of the SSL library for the Sun SPOTs based on the code in Sun's reference implementation of Java ME for cell phone. The Sun SPOT SSL library includes support for TLS 1.0, support for server-side SSL/TLS, support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography cipher suites (for now, only ECDH-ECDSA-RC4-SHA and secp160r1 are supported).
SPOTWebDemo is a host application that starts up a simple web server and lets remote users interact with a collection of SPOTs in the vicinty of the attached basestation using a standard web browser. Authorized remote users can monitor the state of sensors, applications and other system statistics. They can also install, start, pause, resume, stop and remove applications. This allows you to do many of the functions that you would do in Solarium, via a standard web browser.
Many applications on Sun SPOT devices collect data. Yggdrasil is a data collection framework to allow you to stream sensor data to a centralized repository. The demo provides libraries and sample code to use the framework. The way that Yggdrasil works, the Sun SPOT sends sensor samples to host for the first time. The host does not recognize the sensor, so it queries the Sun SPOT. The Sun SPOT responds with handshake information and metadata about the sensor. Now the host knows about the sensor and begins to print out the sample data as it arrives.
AirStore is an experimental shared data repository for Sun SPOT applications. It is designed to make a common usage of Sun SPOTs much easier... sharing simple data. Currently, when you write a program and want it to share data with another Sun SPOT over the radio, you have write some code to set up and transmit your data. Similarly, you have to write code to receive the data on the other side. AirStore attempts to make this much easier. With simple one line puts and gets, distributed applications can share primitive Java data types. One Sun SPOT application can set a variable x with
and another can get x with
int x = AirStore.getInt(x);
The system works in cases where all devices are within broadcast range of each other and do not sleep. Thus for UI experiments or simple robot control, this method can work well. The data types supported are: int, double, String, boolean, byte, long, plus arrays of these types.
If you look in the demos folder you will find documentation, and inspector (host application) as well as several example programs including a rather interesting integration of Sun SPOT with a popular programming environment for kids called Scratch.
TWI (two-wire interface) is now supported to both the eDemoBoard and main ARM9 processor board.
You can now limit received radio packets to those from a sender on a whitelist or not on a blacklist.