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SunSPOTs – Demo and talk (Small Programmable Object Technology)

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What: SunSPOTS talk and demo (not a sale pitch they promise)
Where: Sitterson 014
When: Thursday November 15th at 3:30
Who: Sun Labs’ David Simmons

More: David has hands-on experience in building applications for SunSPOTs and was instrumental in its design and development, will be on hand to offer his insight into this amazing product.

The SunSPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) was developed in the Sun Labs and represents the future of embedded systems. Already used throughout academia, students and professors alike are finding new and interesting uses for SunSPOTs. Each SunSPOT comes equipped with a processor, memory, eight external tri-color LEDs, light sensors, temperature sensors, an seemingly countless practical uses.

At its core, a SunSPOT is an embedded system. But, unlike other embedded systems that must be programmed using a low-level language such as assembly or C, SunSPOT applications are developed in Java. By allowing Java applications to be uploaded and run on an internal Java Virtual Machine, Sun is not only opening up SunSPOTs to more users than many other embedded systems, it is also leaving the final function of each SunSPOT up to the end user. By following a simple API with which to interface the SunSPOT, developers nationwide have created unique uses for SunSPOTs – everything from animal research to rocket testing and much more!

Tomorrow: YouTube, WeTube, TheyTube

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Gary Marchionini tests our/your/their joint command of personal pronouns as he shoots the video rapids in HisTube tomorrow

Tuesday, November 13 at 11 a.m. in the Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library:

YouTube, WeTube, TheyTube: How the new video revolution changes everything
Led by Dr. Gary Marchionini
Panel members: Paul Jones, Cal Lee, Terrell Russell, Chirag Shah, plus (maybe) surprise guests

The YouTube phenomenon has changed the way people create, display, and watch video on the Web. Video is now being integrated into the Web experience on a more fundamental level than ever before, cropping up everywhere from Facebook walls to blogs to podcasts. Now that the two have been enmeshed, what challenges and opportunities do this new hybrid medium present? And with all that non-text information out there, how do we adjust our notions of metadata, indexing, and searching so that we can actually find what we need?