Time for a little fun

There are some interesting opportunities now available for those of you interested in playing with Sun SPOTs.

1) The eBalloon is a quick project to get Sun SPOTs to near space using a weather balloon. We expect to launch the weekend of April 5. If you are interested in helping out, or just following along, read more here:

http://blogs.sun.com/spotee/entry/spot_high_altitude_balloon_project

https://www.SunSpotWorld.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=4659#4659



2) If you are interested in Sun SPOTs and robotics, you should check out the RoboSim contest where contestants program using the Greenfoot environment and a simulated Sun SPOT and Trackbot to navigate a maze. At JavaOne in May, you get to try out your code on a real Sun SPOT and Trackbot.

https://trackbots-greenfoot-contest-2008.dev.java.net/

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3) If that isn't enough, you might want to check out the International Autonomous Robot Contest where entrants work with Sun SPOTs and iRobot Creates (Roomba's without vacuums) to handle some fancy tasks navigating a maze or racing other robots to a marker. The contest will be held June 21-22 in Del Mar California. With your paid entrance you get a Sun SPOT development kit AND an iRobot Create for an amazingly low price, but you do have to show up and compete.

http://www.iaroc.org


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