Ever played with a SunSPOT? Here's a chance to get one for free!
SunSPOTs are tiny Java-powered embedded sensor- and control platforms. You may have seen them at Sun Tech Days or JavaOne. They are getting a lot of attention lately and people are doing really amazing things with them.
Due to their versatile I/O and sensors they are perfect for many embedded control applications. They come preinstalled with a CLDC 1.1 VM and basic OS functionality and you can write Java ME applications for them. There even is a NetBeans plugin for easy coding and deployment that comes with the SunSPOT development kit. The java.net robotics community has a number of people and projects working on SunSPOTs. Here are some blog entries on the topic: Vipul Gupta, David Simmons. By now I hope I have sparked your interest ;-)
And here's the news: ZDNet is giving away two complete SunSPOT developer kits as part of their "Deputy Tester of the Week program". Check out this link for more information and a video about SunSPOTs. The way it works is that you make a pitch to ZDNet as to why you are best suited to be a tester. If you're selected you get a complete SunSPOT developer kit to keep (valued at US$ 550) in exchange for testing it and reporting your findings back to ZDNet. Pretty sweet deal.
Give it a try! If you are one of the lucky testers please let the Mobile & Embedded Community know how you liked the SunSPOT and what you used it for.
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