Sentilla Labs: A New Java Community Website
Sentilla Labs, a recently launched community website, offers developers a step-by-step guided tour through the project development process, allowing visitors to download code and illustrations and rapidly bring projects to life. Some projects at Sentilla Labs can be created with fewer than 100 lines of code. In addition, developers can upload and display their own projects with confidence because they retain all rights to their code.
I had hoped to include a review of my own experience programming with a Sentilla Perk kit, but, my kit has yet to arrive. Sentilla won a Duke award at this year's JavaOne. For folks who haven't seen these little devices that run on Java Technology, check out this video of several industry luminaries talking about the concept of pervasive computing and how Sentilla is innovating in this field. There is also a nice technical article from JavaOne 2008 about the architecture of the Sentilla motes.
Those familiar with Sun Labs' Sun SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) technology may be curious about comparisons with Sentilla's products. One big difference is that, relative to Sun SPOTs, Sentilla's technology runs on extremely resource-constrained computers that use very little power. Also, there is a significant price difference between the two with Perk kits going for $199 and the list price for Sun SPOT kits at $750.
At present, there are only a small number of projects on this new community resource site. However, I anticipate this situation will change quickly now that the site is open to the public. Check it out!