It looks like Java's virtual machine will be loaded into next-gen
Blu-ray HD-DVD players. Of course the article itself doesn't talk
about hacking it but just think of the hacking possibilities with this
thing. I'm fortelling that when these get down to the $30 per DVD
player price tag for standard DVD players of today that this new box
will get hacked for everything. Just add a couple of wheels, sensors
and your own DVD+RW program disk and you've got a robot! The article
states that this box
will likely have a network port on the back to allow for communication
in and out of the box. I'm wondering, who will be the first? I'm
predicting that having
Java in a DVD player could lead to a lot of cool gadgets! No pun
intended, but pause for a moment and savor the possibilities.
I'm thinking it's got video output, a remote input which may be nice
to stand back and command your robot, it has network communication, it
has HD-DVD disk data for the biggest program you can think of, all for
some mass produced cheap price? Wow, this could be cool.
It doesn't have Java, nor a CD ROM drive, but its code is open source
Linux, and people have written new loads for it. I've seen hacks to add
serial ports, extra memory, etc. to this nifty little wireless router.
I bought one recently.
Having one of these as the basis of a small 'bot would be nifty (12VDC
is all that is needed, and it sports a 400MHz processor) - it could
connect wirelessly to a your big 'ole PC running the high-level stuff,
taking commands from your keyboard or the 'net, house mapping, path