In 1991, SUN was a producer of UNIX workstations.
The company was in the vanguard of developing "open systems"
for companies who wanted easy network access.
A project, code-named Green, was formed to explore
the use of inexpensive, programmable microprocessors in a variety
of consumer electronic devices, including PDAs, interactive TV Boxes
and household appliances at that time.
It was experimented with C++, but proved unworkale
across the vast array of equipment designs. Java pioneer James Gosling
began developed a new programming language for this demanding environment
which was initially named Oak and hastily renamed Java.