Sunday Apr 15, 2007

notd - SPOTs, ORBs, BarCodes ... Mark Weiser's Ubiquitous Computing is Closer to Reality...

Photo of Sun SPOT kit

We are steadily moving towards Mark Weiser's Ubiquitous Computing, beyond PCs and mobile phones, into a world with robots, virtual worlds (Second Life, DarkStar, plain old software development...) and mapping elements between these worlds (like Extreme Feedback Devices, ORBs and bar codes.

The Project Sun SPOT investigates a way to build these devices and they recently made available a development kit. One recent use of SPOTs has been in Project BlackBox ([1], [2]) If you are interested in more details, check out these JavaOne events.

I find the uses of SPOTS quite intriging and I am trying to get one kit for my group to play with and another to make available as a prize to whoever comes with the best idea. Start thinking and stay tuned for more details on the contest.