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JavaOne 2007 – The last demos

The last demos: virtual reality, industrial robots, a submersible vehicle and a helicopter.

JavaOne 2007 – The last demos: virtual reality, industrial robots, a submersible vehicle and a helicopter

 

Leonardo Galvão – from San Francisco, CA

 

Let’s look at the four last demos in James Gosling’s session, which were very well received by the audience.

 

Project Wonderland is a virtual 3D environment built with pure Java. It lets you organize and show .interactive information and avatars in three dimensions, and is based on the open-source Darkstar Project. Just these features would make for an impressive project, but a distinguishing factor is the project’s capacity of enabling collaboration inside the virtual environment. This can be used to collaboratively solve problems, make design decisions etc. in a highly interactive fashion.

 

In the Wonderland environment, it’s possible to interact with applications that are being run by participants – this includes Java IDEs and web browsers. The project creates many opportunities for creating collaborative and immersive environments. You can download the project at http://lg3D-wonderland.dev.java.net.

 

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James Gosling’s avatar attending a presentation in Project Wonderland’s virtual world

 

For the next few minutes, Gosling spoke about new Java-enabled equipment: a meat balance that runs a JVM (and that can communicate with inventory systems, receive price updates, etc.), and an ATM with 100%-Java software.

 

The next demo involved robotics. Wowee and Sun engineers talked about their new “adult toy” product: a robot with a complete JVM and tens of sensors and other facilities. Three robots placed side by side made a small but exciting choreographed dance to the sound of “I’ll Survive” (Gloria Gaynor).

 

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Java robot choreography: adult toys are a must at JavaOne

 

The next team to go onto JavaOne’s main stage was a group of Swedish Sun Engineers. They demonstrated a high-precision robot that could accelerate at 10g. The focus of the demo was on precision, however. Fully operated by a Java system, the robot was programmed to precisely draw the edges of a specially processed photograph. The Java program that did the edge detection was actually created by James Gosling himself!

 

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Industrial Java-controlled robot in action

 

The next demo showcased a submersible vehicle called SONIA (a French acronym for “Intelligent and Autonomous System for Nautical Operation”). The little “submarine” runs a Java SE VM and can be used for an array of applications, like checking underwater cables and conduits. Though it’s only a prototype, SONIA demonstrates the viability of a number of autonomous Java-based devices.

 

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The SONIA submersible vehicle won a Duke’s Choice Award

 

Finally, the CEO of Perrone Robotics, who has been to the JavaOne stage in earlier years, brought in a small helicopter (Java-operated, of course), capable of capturing and processing images in real time. It can be used, for example, to explore dangerous or inhospitable areas, or to inspect areas inaccessible to manned vehicles.

 

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The spectactular entrance of the Perrone Robotics helicopter.

 

With this, we end our first Mr Bool JavaOne coverage. See you at JavaOne 2008!



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