Creating Sensor and Location Applications for Windows 7

Professional Windows 7 Development GuideIt would be quite easy to write an entire book about the sensors that you can use with Windows and still not cover them all. In fact, it would be possible to write a rather larger book just about the various sorts of industrial sensors. Home security would require an entirely separate book because the number and variety of sensors have increased so greatly. For example, many people don’t realize it, but there’s a special sort of sensor that can detect the sound of breaking glass and report it to you. If someone threw a rock through your window, you’d know about it long before you arrived home. Consequently, this chapter gives you just a taste of the sorts of things you can do in Windows 7 with various kinds of sensors.

Although theoretically there’s no limit to the number of device types that Windows 7 can support, you can currently place the devices in three major groups: environmental, position, and light. The following sections provide an overview of these three major areas and demonstrate how you’d write code to work with external sensors. (If you have a specially equipped PC, you might find that some of these sensors are installed internally — the physical location doesn’t matter for the purpose of writing the code.) Of course, you must have the device in order to test the code.

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This article is chapter 18 "Using the Sensor and Location Platform" of the book Professional Windows 7 Development Guide by John Paul Mueller (ISBN: 978-0-470-88570-3, Wrox, 2011, Copyright Wiley Publishing Inc.) Also available in DRM-free PDF ebook.



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