Tommy Tailgate

Paul Perrone brought his DARPA grand challenge entry Tommy to Sun's Menlo Park campus on Saturday. We had a tailgate party in the parking lot while the beast drove around and got photographed about a zillion times. It's a pretty cool beast to stick your head into and stare at. Tommy is quite a clean piece of engineering, despite the slapped-together look. It's mostly off-the-shelf parts, glued together by three computers running a pile of Java code. Paul and Tommy will be at JavaOne. Make sure you stop by and take a look. This is definitely where computing meets reality.
May 14, 2006