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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes is the founder and co-leader of the Robotics Community, is on the Board of JDDAC and is active in the embedded Java Community. He's especially interested in teaching advanced robotics at the university level, and in the development of international robotics standards.


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Pervasive Smart Dust - will it include Java?

Posted by bboyes on May 3, 2008 at 1:23 PM PDT

The idea of smart Java dust becoming pervasive is compelling (consider the SunSPOT technology, including the Squawk JVM). If Sun really wants this to sweep the market, there has to be a path to make small commercial Java systems extremely easy to develop and affordable to license.

MEDD Exceeding My Expectations

Posted by bboyes on January 23, 2008 at 6:42 PM PST

Kudos to the organizers for making an event like this go smoothly. And, most importantly, there's more depth to the content than I expected. Others I surveyed agreed. You can see the presentations online in the M&E community area.

Plus the people here are key company technical personnel, not just marketing heads. So it's a chance to ask some probing questions and get useful answers.

Well done!

The Great Seduction?

Posted by bboyes on June 12, 2007 at 12:24 PM PDT

Don’t Look Back by ZDNet's Andrew Keen -- How to innovate? That was both the spoken and unspoken question on everyone's minds at the Wall Street Journal's memorable D Conference this week in Carlsbad.

Where is heading?

Posted by bboyes on May 5, 2007 at 11:05 AM PDT

Here at the 3rd annual Community Leader's weekend in SFO there are a lot of interesting discussions and techno-gossip. For example, Collabnet just purchased SourceForge. What does this mean for online open-source communities? Are meta-communities still a viable model for the near future? What new features do we want to see at Are podcasts gaining traction in this space?

No more "Java Trap" as Java goes open source?

Posted by bboyes on November 14, 2006 at 11:30 AM PST

"It'll be very good that the Java trap won’t exist anymore. It'll be a thing of the past," said Richard Stallman...president of the Free Software Foundation.

What's hot in James' Tech Day at JavaOne

Posted by bboyes on May 19, 2006 at 10:14 AM PDT

The huge projection screen at the front of the hall seemed to be a cut above what it's been in the past, in terms of brightness, color gamut, and resolution. When will I be able to turn the wall in front of my desk into a giant display? Sun Labs showed me a demo some months ago which mosaics several LCD projectors together to do just that. I'm ready...

Sony Bails on Robots

Posted by bboyes on January 27, 2006 at 2:14 PM PST

This EETimes article implies that Sony is not capable of selling $2000 entertainment Aibo pets profitably.

Boy & frog invent square wheel car

Posted by bboyes on December 22, 2005 at 8:27 AM PST

This blog on ZDNET provides links to video and a press release from Global Composites and Distributed Robotics, both in NY state.

OMG Robotics report from Burlingame

Posted by bboyes on December 10, 2005 at 3:51 PM PST

On behalf of Systronix and, Bruce Boyes (that would be me) presented a proposal to standardize robotic I/O point tagging in a manner similar to the IEEE1451 STIM (Sensor-Transducer Interface Module). Systronix has developed a robotic tagging API, Java packages, and working examples.

Opportunity: Electronic Health Records Systems

Posted by bboyes on November 23, 2005 at 9:28 PM PST

This American Family Physician newsletter reports astonishingly low (to me, anyway) adoption of electronic records systems. Electronic billing and scheduling - yes, but medical records - no. Only 17% of physicians offices use electronic records?