Thank you, Sun (and Sun’s PR team), for sending me one of Sun’s SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) kits. It arrived earlier this week.

The SPOT kit contains a couple of battery-powered devices, each with sensors and a wireless transceiver, plus a base station and a Java SDK. You can see all the parts at Sun’s Web site.

What am I going to do with it? My son and I have a few ideas, which we’ll be playing with. We probably start with something really simple, like using it to make an indoor/outdoor temperature display (put one SPOT inside, one outside) as our “Hello, World” application. After that, who knows?

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