Sun SPOT with Robosapien
By slowhog on May 18, 2007
Remember when I first saw Roger Meike showcased Sun SPOT by making a ball pass through his head utilizing the 3-axis accelerometer and LEDs on two Sun SPOTs at a Sun internal SEED event, I was thinking(as I was working on the Robosapien SDK) maybe we can connect a to a Robosapien, then we can hold others in both hands and have Robosapien imitate the operator, that would be really funny.
Now with the Sun SPOT development kit and Robosapien Java SDK available, this is really feasible as I learned that it is possible to connect them through serial port. What you need to do is to connect one Sun SPOT to Robosapien through serial port(a pretty easy modification) and write an MIDlet on Robosapien to wait for instructions from the Sun SPOT connected to the Robosapien. The challenging part would be that the serial port is used as console as well. While SPOTs can communicate to each other through IEEE 802.15.4, I bet there could be a lot of fun.
During JavaOne, I am glad to learn that Arshan and Mohamed are going to work together to do something interesting with Sun SPOT and Robosapien, but I cannot tell you what it is yet. :-)
Too bad I don't have spare money for a Sun SPOT developer kit now, maybe after 2 years, I can use my son's 7th birthday as a good excuse.