While the hype has been elsewhere in the software world over the past number of years, Java has continued to find it way into an increasing number of places. The pavilion at the recent JavaOne conference was full of examples of places where you would not automatically assume Java to be.


Did you know that Java was part of the Blu-ray standard? This is true for the BD-J standard. What this enables is more animated and complex menus than would otherwise appear on a regular DVD. Guess this means that Java is inside the PS3 also.


What do you do when you have a large plotting robot? You offer people the chance to have their photos drawn by it, of course!


The software that controlled the robot.

Mobile Phones

Perhaps the least expected place to find Java nowadays, but it is where Sun is directing a lot of its Java thrust.


One of the competitions for attendees was programming a RoboSapien in either the dance or maze escape category. Reprogramming a children’s toy does sound like a bad horror movie premise though.

Slot cars

The other competition was programmatically getting a slot car around the track — sensors in the track allowed the competitors to know where they were. That didn’t stop them going too fast and flying off the track from time to time though.


How much explanation is needed? A Java powered Sub is cool!


If you thought that the Sub was cool, then the helicopter is possibly only thing cooler!

Project Blackbox

While not strictly Java, the idea of a datacentre within a shipping crate is a novel and interesting idea. Rather than pay fees for short-term hosting and connectivity, possibly a long way from your premises — it is possible to drop one of these crates into a carpark and with a power cord and Ethernet cable, you can have a complete datacentre.


The view down the middle of the blackbox.