Only five months after joining Google, Java creator and former Oracle employee James Gosling has announced that he’s leaving the search giant to become the Chief Software Architect for Liquid Robotics, a new firm that develops robots for maritime applications.
Gosling posted about the move on his personal website:
I’ve surprised myself and made another career change. I had a great time at Google, met lots of interesting people, but I met some folks outside doing something completely outrageous, and after much anguish decided to leave Google.
Liquid Robotics primarily develops Wave Glider, an autonomous robotic vehicle that is packed with sensors, powered by solar panels and wave action, and that uploads the data it collects to the cloud. Gosling described Wave Gliders in the Gulf of Mexico that are being used to monitor water chemistry. According to the Liquid Robotics website, the Wave Glider harvests energy from the environment in order to “travel long distances, hold station, and monitor vast areas without ever needing to refuel.”