Report from JavaOne
I'm sending this from back stage at James Gosling's Keynote address at JavaOne. it's been a wild week . The attendance at the BOF on Wednesday night was about 120 people. A good turn out. A lot of jaws
dropped this week when they saw Wonderland. Most people were really impressed. They were
especially impressed by the spatialized audio--with this Wonderland feature you can migrate
between different conversations without clicking GUI buttons and artificial things like that--you just
walk from conversation to conversation--this is an extremely natural metaphor that people can
really relate to.
In one hour Paul Byrne will go on stage with James Gosling and will reveal to the world a special guest
in Wonderland--James himself. We designed an avatar just for him. And James himself design the
tee shirt, which has the javaOne duke logo in the front and the words "Geek: and proud of it" in the
back. Wonderland will be a part of James' "Toy Show" in the company of dancing Robosapiens
(grooving to the beat of Donna Summer's disco hit "I will survive"), an articulated robotic arm which
James says is the first technology he has ever shown at JavaOne that is capable of exerting lethal force, and a Java-controlled helicopter which is all set to wing its way over the stage (with safety wires of course). So Wonderland is in good company.
We made a lot of contacts at the show, and the people we talked to had all kinds of extremely
interesting suggestions for features and applications of Wonderland. We hope to hear more from them and further these contacts in the future. When you consider what we showed (a 3D world with
integrated, spatialized audio, X apps, and remote control of a video robot) what is most astonishing that the first line of Wonderland code was written only 4 months ago. We did have some excellent
existing components to build on (such as LG, Darkstar, and the SunLabs Voice Bridge), but the whole concept and all of the integration work started just recently and progressed at a break neck pace. And the results were well worth it.