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Sun Suggests Java in Your Next Robot

Posted 26 Jul 2003 at 23:05 UTC by steve Share This

A new article on the Sun developer site advocates the use of Java in robotics applications. Specifically, it describes the potential robot applications of the Java APIs for speech recognition, speech synthesis, and image capture. They also describe the Open Source leJOS Java environment for the LEGO RCX brick. The article includes sample source code and links to related websites.


Vision API, posted 27 Jul 2003 at 06:50 UTC by motters » (Master)

I tried the Java vision API last year when I was looking for a way to do stereo vision, and it was really pretty terrible. It was very slow and fundamentally was just a wrapper around the old Video For Windows system so it didn't support multiple cameras.

Java, posted 27 Jul 2003 at 14:13 UTC by steve » (Master)

Pretty terrible and very slow are good words to describe my experiences with Java too, except that I would add it's impossible to get the same results from a piece of code on two different platforms - it's probably the least portable code I've every worked with. Yuck. Some folks love it though.

Converting MindScript to Java like syntax?, posted 28 Jul 2003 at 13:44 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

The Lego RCX already has MindScript which if you put semicolons after every statement, then it starts to look like Javascript. Then they have NQC which also looks very similar. I suspect they are simply using Javascript to compile to bytecode for the onboard firmware interpreter already built into the RCX.

I tried a embedded-Java system a while back, and after taking forever to get it to install and run, found it to be terribly slow, fragile, full of bugs, besides being barely functional. It needs a lot more work. What i hate the most is the code examples were all useless as they didn't work. No one updated the examples after updating the system.

Java's ok, but..., posted 31 Jul 2003 at 01:09 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

My problem is that what I want to use old laptops (286, 386, P1) for a robot brain. Java's really for high powered systems and doesn't support old systems at all. Even if it did, it would be very slow. (I guess you'd need a power system like a P3 or better if you wanted to use Java for a robot app). I'm sort of stuck to using some old technology like DOS and Turbo C++, so I can't really use Java even if I wanted to.

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