By stern on Feb 15, 2008
Enter Squawk, the micro embedded Java virtual machine and development environment from Sun Labs. In the latest Innovating@Sun podcast, principal investigator Eric Arsenau and I get really small and talk about embedded programming from a technical, financial and cultural perspective. SunSPOTS, the sensors based on the Squawk technology, have a vibrant user community already: my favorite application so far is the UhlerBot because it is a viable robotics platform built out of hobby store parts.
The cross-disciplinary possibilities for small devices encompass social sciences, environmental sciences and the arts; by open sourcing the platform and the hardware specifications we hope to see creative new applications driven by the transparency of the technology and its consumption.