October, 2009

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About Gavin Gear's Tech Blog

Hi: My name is Gavin Gear, and I'm a program manager at Microsoft currently working on Windows SideShow, as well as some other projects.

I'm planning on using this blog site primarily to discuss Windows SideShow software development topics, as well as other software development topics.

Here are some of my interests:
- Software architecture/design
- .NET and C++ programming
- Sensors, Robotics, etc
- Mobile topics such as GPS/Nav

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    3 part Windows 7 Sensor Platform article by Sergey Zwezdin

    Sergey Zwezdin (Microsoft C# MVP) has recently put together a 3 part series about the Windows 7 sensor platfom, the Windows 7 sensor development kits, and programming with C# with the platform for these boards: Part I: http://geekswithblogs.net/sergun...
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    Great article covering Windows 7 Sensor development kit driver install

    Part of Windows 7 is a completely new platform for Location and Sensors. This is a framework that tries to remove the old legacy of COM-ports for communication with external devices. Even a lot of today's USB devices, still rely on the COM protocol to communicate with the PC. The Location and Sensor Platform in Windows 7 improves this with a modern architecture for arbitrary hardware sensory input. One of the most important advances in this platform is the ability for multiple applications to use the same sensors at the same time, this has always been some of a problem with GPS, where only one instance of the application could read the GPS coordinates. ...
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