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JAMming with Java - Make Your GBA Dance

JAMming with Java - Make Your GBA Dance

(April 14, 2003) - Just on the off-chance that you live in a cave and haven't yet realized that J2ME is becoming more and more popular as the programming platform for a huge number of handheld devices, a company called aJile Systems has just come out with something that transforms your Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) - or Game Boy Advance SP - system into an all-singing all-dancing Java-enabled gaming machine capable of playing those free Java games that are popping up all over the Internet…like that Java Qix game, for example, the one that also sometimes comes bundled with Game Boys.

The JAMiD 100C cartridge is an accelerated platform that brings you as close to Java as you can get on a GBA. It's based on the J2ME MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile), and will run MIDP 1.0/2.0 games and other multimedia MIDlets. It can also play MP3s.

A developer version is available now and a consumer version will apparently be coming soon. Because it is Java, it is not limited to just games.

Oh, and if you're wondering about that tongue-twister of a name… JAMiD stands for "Java Action Media Interactive Device." Java-powered Game Boys are one thing, and aJile seem to be good at it; but snappy brand names are quite another, and at that they're, well, not so hot. Ask any developer who’s been developing embedded Java solutions for the "aj-80" and "aj-100" since last year. They're nice little processors all right… but those names!?! Both are trademarked. One wonders why.

More Stories By Lin Goetz

Lin Goetz is online editor for SYS-CON Media.

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