Adding Sensors to Windows7

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Developers now have a tool that allows them to monitor a motion sensor.

What is the advantage of using the sensor monitor application? It is a time and cost saver. It allows sensor developers a platform where they can create compatible sensors and sensor drivers, in a virtual environment; application developers can use the platform to write simple applications that retrieve and respond-to data from those sensors. This is the time a cost saver because previously, a developer would need to build the hardware, write the driver, and then write the application code as well. Moreover, there was no mechanism or API for exposing that hardware to other applications; now there is. All users and programs on your computer can access information from it once it is enabled.

You can build a simple motion sensor, a Sensor device driver, and a Sensor application that you can use to observe real-time sensor data in Windows 7.

Location And Other Sensors

Location And Other Sensors

There are four sensors that can be supported by the sample driver that microsoft has created:

  • compass
  • 2-axis accelerometer
  • ultrasonic distance
  • passive-infrared (or motion)

The Windows7 Sensor and Location platform will support GPS devices, WWAN radios, an

The Sensor Monitor Application Process

The Sensor Monitor Application Process

The sample firmware can be used to program a Parallax BS2 microcontroller so that Windows7 will interact with the information that is provided.

Parallax Passive-Infrared (PIR) Sensor

Parallax Passive-Infrared (PIR) Sensor

Sample Documentation for the Sensor

Sample Documentation

Sample Documentation

The Parallax sensor

Hardware Sensor

Hardware Sensor

Enable the Application Sensor

Enable Location And Other Sensors

Enable Location And Other Sensors

Download the White paper from this location: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/motionsensor

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