The blog has been pretty quiet for the last few months because I've been working hard on our latest, formerly top secret, APIs-- the Sensor and Location Platform for Windows 7! I've been busting at the seams wanting to write about this stuff, but alas, I've had to wait until the official announcement. Well, at the Professional Developers Conference this week, we finally did it.
I really wish I'd had time to blog from the conference, but we were just swamped. I passed out in my hotel room each night, after nursing the blisters on my feet from running around the convention floor. The sensors kiosk was crazy! If you were there, you know what I mean--throngs of people lining up to get our Windows 7 Sensor Development Kit, a jumpstart package that includes a really cool Freescale badge board, complete with 3 axis accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and capacitive touch sensors. Not to mention all the sample dirver and application code.
So, just what is this new platform all about? I'll be writing here regularly about it, so stay tuned. But for now, here's the nickel tour:
Both APIs are COM/C++-based, but work well with .NET interoperablility. The Location API also offers dispatchable interfaces for use in scripting languages.
If you have about an hour, go watch Dan Polivy's PDC session, where he goes into some detail about the platform and some interesting scenarios, here.
This is exciting stuff! I've been learning about this new technology for the last few months, but trust me, I'm not far ahead of you. So, I'll be sharing what I learn, here, as I create the official documentation. Follow along and learn with me.