Sun announces Sun SPOT for Pervasive Computing

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 6, 2006

Sun today announced Project Sun SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology), which encourages “pervasive” computing by providing a Java-based wireless sensor development kit that will be sold to educational and research institutions and hobbyists.

From the press release: “The Sun Labs Project Sun SPOT technology evaluation kit will include three Sun SPOTs: two stand-alone devices and one base station. All three Sun SPOTs include a processor board with 32-bit ARM9 CPU, 512 KB RAM and 4MB Flash memory, 2.4 GHz radio and USB interface. Each stand-alone Sun SPOT also includes a 3D accelerometer, temperature and light sensors, 8 tri-color light emitting diodes (LEDs), six analog inputs and 8 general purpose I/O ports for controlling relays, stepper motors and servos. The kit also includes a J2ME virtual machine, NetBeans(TM) 5.0 and a USB cable.”

The Sun SPOT technology evaluation kit is expected to be available in May at a price of $499.

More information is available at SunSPOTWorld.

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