Introducing a New Technology to Enhance Community Sustainability: An Investigation of the Possibilities of Sun Spots

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University


Computing, Health and Science


Computer and Information Science




This article was originally published as: Tantisureeporn, S. , & Armstrong, L. (2008). Introducing a new technology to enhance community sustainability: an investigation of the possibilities of sun spots. Proceedings of EDU-COM International Conference. (pp. 488-495). The Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid Hotel, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Edith Cowan University.


The introduction of the Sun SPOT, Small Programmable Object Technology, developed by Sun Microsystems has been depicted as providing a revolutionary change in cyber physical interaction. Based on Sun Java Micro Edition (ME), this sensor technology has the potential to be used across a number of discipline areas to interface with systems, the environment and biological domains. This paper will outline the potential of Sun SPOTs to enhance community sustainability. An action based research project was carried out to investigate the potential uses of these technologies and develop a prototype system as a proof of concept. The research will compare Sun SPOTs with similar technologies, provide an assessment of the technology, and propose a number of possible implementations of the technology to enhance community sustainability.

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