Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sun Labs Open House 2008 Report (2)

In the Sun Labs Open House 2008, there is a Sun SPOT HOL (hands-on lab). This HOL is exactly the same one as the one in JavaOne 2008 that will be held on May 6-9 2008. So if you have a chance to participate in, please try it by yourself. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take part in the HOL because I had to hear another session at the same time. But the HOL instructor lent me the full kit for this HOL, so I was able to try it after returning to the hotel.

The goal of this HOL is to control a servo (HiTec HS-311 Servo) remotely based on the input from a bend sensor (Flexpoint Sensor Systems bend sensor) like the following video:

The exercise is divided into 5 parts as follows
  • bend sensor hardware setup
  • bend sensor programming on Sun SPOT
  • servo hardware setup
  • servo programming on Sun SPOT
  • networking between 2 Sun SPOTs
and use breadboard to design the circuit. So if you're a software developer, but a beginner for electronic circuit, this exercise is just good for you.

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