Use your Nintendo Wii-mote accelerometer with the Windows Sensor Platform

Have you ever wanted to do something, and someone else beat you to it? (or saved you from the pain) Here’s a project: where ‘gleat’ on wrote a Windows 7 Sensor Platform driver for the Nintendo Wii-mote (using Bluetooth HID). This project demonstrates how it doesn’t really matter what type of device you’re using,…


Video: How to integrate Accelerometers with Direct Input Games for Widnows 7

 The UK DPE (Developer Evangelism) team has posted a great video showing the Windows 7 Sensor and Location platform in use. In this video, you’ll see how the Windows 7 Sensor Development Kit (Freescale board) can be used with XNA and Direct Input to allow for an interactive input experience. Check it out!  [View:]


Visual Studio 2010 has shipped, what are you going to build?

Wow- the long-awaited VS 2010 release has finally come! With .NET 4 built in, there are many exciting new possibilities with Visual Studio. There are also quite a few enhancements in the “built on WPF” IDE. Auto completion of “switch on enum” expressions is one of my favorites. (See my PDC talk for more info…


Visual Studio 2010 Global Launch coming up soon!

If you’re interested in getting Visual Studio 2010 RTM, you won’t have to wait long now! The global launch event is on April 12, 2010- more information is available here:


Upcoming changes for System.Device.Location in .NET 4 RC web release

Hello all- just wanted to inform you of some changes that will be coming in the .NET 4 / Visual Studio 2010 RC release related to the new Location API in System.Device.dll   Here’s a high-level view of the .NET 4 Beta 2 Location API: (first public release)   For RC and RTM, there will…


.NET 4 Location: Let’s take a look at status…

In my last post, I showed how you can write a simple .NET 4 Location-enabled console application. This application just output the location of the PC/device when the location changed. Here, we’ll see how we can write an application that displays changes in location status rather than location data.   Sample Code:   // This namespace…


Let’s write a simple .NET 4 Location-aware application!

So you want to write an application in .NET that’s location-aware? Let’s start with a code sample (console application) that will show you how to use a GeoLocationProvider to respond to location updates, and print those updates out to the console.   In order to compile and run this code, you’ll need Visual Studio 2010…


Video of PDC 2009 .NET 4 Location Session

Are you interested to learn more about how location devices and applications work in Windows 7? Do you want to see a demo of Windows 7, Location awareness, the new .NET 4 Location API, and Visual Studio 2010? If so, you can watch the session I presented on these topics on the PDC website: Link:…


.NET 4 and VS 2010 to support Location API in all SKUs

Last year at PDC 2008, Microsoft first announced the Windows 7 Sensor and Location platform. Last month, we shipped Windows 7 worldwide, and the corresponding Windows 7 Sensor and Location platform. This is great because now sensor and location hardware manufacturers can easily integrate these devices with Windows. Software developers can also leverage our in-box…