The Server Side notes that James Gosling (the guy who invented Sun's Java programming language) has joined a company developing remote sensor robots - Gosling sails away from Google and Android.
So, James has moved from the company that brought us a software program called Android, to a company named Liquid Robotics, that makes real-life androids. Well, perhaps they're not quite 'androids' in the truest sense of the word, but they are nifty little robots that use solar-power and energy harvested from the ocean's waves to sail around the globe collecting reams of information and data.
Apparently, this type of remote data collection is a billion dollar industry, and if Liquid Robotics can manage to perfect the onboard robotics embedded into their tiny little 'wave gliders', while figuring out how to collect, manage and interpolate all of the information that gets sent back to the data center, then a good chunk of that billion dollars could be theirs. "I'll be involved in both the onboard software - sensing, navigation and autonomy - and in the datacenter, dealing with the in-rush of data. The current systems work well, but they have a variety of issues that I look forward to working on." Says James Gosling on his nighthacks blog.