At the JavaOne 2013 Java Technical Keynote, there was a series of demos of software that enables two people to play chess, using some of Java's latest features, including Java EE 7 Websockets, many variations of Java 8 (recent weekly builds), Lambda Expressions, Java ME, Embedded Java, ... It was an impressive demo of many of Java's recently-released and not-yet-finally-released capabilities, which included the introduction of the DukePad...
The augurs of apocalipse failed again: Apparently the Java world did neither end by December 21st nor another day before.
In May Google and Willow Garage announced the first pure-Java implementation of ROS - Willow Garage's Robotic Operating System. Called “rosjava”, the new library is still at alpha level, but it is clear that active development continues. Several vendors now provide hackable kits.
Yesterday Liquid Robotics announced its Pacific Crossing (PacX) Challenge. Four Wave Glider robots with oceanographic sensors will launch from California attempting to travel the longest distance at sea ever completed by an unmanned marine vehicle. Best science from the collected oceanographic data wins the Challenge.