Winning at JavaOne with Real-Time

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At JavaOne 2006, one challenge to attendees was to write real-time code using Java RTS to control the cars movement around 200 feet of slot car race track embedded with 200 sensors. By detecting whether or not the car was over a sensor, monitoring the slot car’s position on the track while applying proper voltage to the track, controlling the car’s speed, contestants raced their cars around the track, hoping for the fastest time. The second place winners were a team of German high school students Michael, David, Georg, and Anna who managed to post a time of 27.27 seconds. PodTech’s Catherine Giradeau spoke with them after they were introduced on stage by Dr. Greg Bollella Senior Staff Engineer Real-Time Java for Sun Microsystems.

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