All things Blinky
Did you ever want to do things like *remotely* turn your porch light on, feed your cat or dog, water your plants or automatically feed ...
Hmmmmmm, I'm going to have to ponder on that one for a moment ...
This is simply too cool.
The purpose of the Global Light Blinker project is to create a world-wide JXTA GlobalLightBlinker PeerGroup which will allow people to experiment with remotely controlling embedded devices through the internet using JXTA and Embedded Java.
Not a problem, and security is baked in.
The idea for the Global Light Blinker project came from some discussions that a few of us Embedded Java developers had with some of the JXTA developers during the most recent JavaOne. Soon after these discussions, it became apparent to us that the then-new JXTA 2.0 release had punched-through a barrier that us Embedded Java developers had been beating our heads against since 1999.
You know something good is brewing when complimentary disciplines naturally meld together to create a sum greater than that of it's constituent parts. The world could use more of this type of thinking.
Ted has even figured out a means to make available open source hardware for the next phase of the project:
The first hand-built hardware prototypes started to be assembled earlier this week and, after much searching, we have also found a company that is willing to produce the open-source/open-schematic hardware units in volume at the lowest reasonable price using university-student ... we have discovered that, while the world has embraced the concept of open-source software, this is not yet the case for open-schematic hardware.
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