Project Balckbox Pictures from DC
By yakshaving on Mar 05, 2007
I just sent Paul Monday over at the Blackbox Blog a link to the full gallery of pictures that I posted from our visit to the Blackbox while it was in DC. For your viewing pleasure I will post a few of them here.
As we pulled into the Wardman
Park Marriot I was suprised to
see a line of taxi's coming down the street. I had attended LISA
here a few months ago and the taxi line was never that long. I knew
that the Blackbox was popular but that was a bit more than I was
When we rounded the corner it was a cool thing to see the Blackbox Tour Mobile...taking up the middle of the normal taxi lane. One of the taxi drivers came over right before we left and asked C- what was going on. She informed him that this was Sun's Project Blackbox... A whole bunch of computers on the back of a truck. I don't know if he went on the tour.
Paul just posted an interview with Joe Carvalho, here is a picture of Joe (or his hands) modeling a SunSPOT accelerometer.
As Joe tilted it back and forth the led "rolled" back and forth. When tilted just to one side led rolled down and "bounced" at the end. That is entirely eye candy but I liked it. He didn't have two in his pocket to actually show me but apparently when they are placed in discovery mode and linked you can tilt the one towards the other. The led rolls to the side crosses over and rolls on the other SunSPOT indicating that they are linked!!
So while the Blackbox is really cool and useful and all that I can't afford one. However I can handle a couple of SunSPOTs.
We also got some swag from the event. As if the Blackbox itself wasn't cool enough we are the only people on our block who have the incredibly wrinkled Blackbox T-shirts and Trucks!
The T comes shrink wrapped and I guess crammed or vacuformed
into a truck shaped brick. The truck comes in a relatively
uninteresting box, of so little interest I didn't even post a picture
of box with the truck in it.
The Truck/Shirt still in Truck form.
The truck, I still think it needs to have racks in the back be a transformer...or both!
To end for now I leave you with a picture of the Emerency Power Off button. Which I did NOT press. I did ask if anyone had yet pressed it while on tour and was informed that the answer was no. Given that the demo is not a production environment I was me sorely tempted to press the jolly candy-like button.
So if anyone happens to be on the tour...you should ask if you can press the EPO button and get back to me. That is enough trouble for the moment possibly there will be more pictures later.