Microsoft is not the only trying to get into the robotics business by porting the .NET runtime. Cogmation Robotics is using Mono in their flagship product robotFoundary. Even more surprising, they choose to run it on OS X first.
At OOPSLA 2007, Pattie Maes gave an interesting talk about the MIT ambient intelligence projects. One project, ReachMedia, was particularly interesting from an architectural, mashup and social networking perspective.
OSGi is a Java modular development specification. OSGi is used in a wide variety of applications, from mobile phones to enterprise servers and the Eclipse IDE. In this interview, Peter Kriens explains where OSGi came from, what sorts of applications it's useful for, integration with Spring, the JSR 277/294 debate, and the future of OSGi.
The smallest .NET edition, Micro, is now supported on Analog Devices' Blackfin platform. This makes it the first processor supported by .NET built specifically for digital signal processing.