MEDC Keynote Consumer Video (NETMF, Windows CE, XPE, Vista – and WSD)


If you attended any of the MEDC International events you would have seen the “Consumer Experience” demo, this uses .NET Micro Framework, Windows CE, Home Server,  Windows Vista and the core technology is WSD (Web Services on Devices) – Here’s the video (and a link to the video)


Video: MEDC 2007 Consumer Video

– Mike

Comments (5)

  1. John Smith says:

    It looks like a great technology. However, are people really after such technologies? Does controlling lights of my living room from my office make any sense?

    Another point is, seeing Microsoft going into joint marketing alliances with Starbucks is really interesting. I guess we should wait and see what else they will have in the future.

  2. MD says:

    I have to second John Smith’s comments.  This is really interesting technology, but I would have preferred a more commercial, real-world example.    

    In your example I need to use .NET MicroFramework, CE (and probably some Platform Builder), Web Services for Devices, as well as find the serial protocol of my thermostat to change the temperature in the room while I watch a movie.  The home automation demo is one I have seen for longer than I care to remember and I don’t know anyone who actually uses it.  

    How about showing us someone who is using this technology in a real engineering environment and solving actual problems.

  3. Mike says:

    The video (and demo at MEDC) was designed to be a technology demonstrator, simply showing how WSD may be an interesting technology to connect .NET Micro Framework, Windows CE and desktop/servers together – in this case we chose a home automation demo, the technologies could also be used in other applicaitons.

    – Mike

  4. Doug says:

    Very cool, I could see someone wanting to switch off the lights because they forgot before they left, or using the wsd enabled webcam to check on kids.  Anyone that can’t see that is a little narrow minded.  

    This technology is already available from lifeware, which used to be in bed with HP and MS, but now just with MS.  How are HP and MS differentiating?   Also not many home automation companies seem to be making IP addressable hardware (lights, thermostats), so you have to buy RS 232 hardware modules specific to the piece you want to control, adding to the cost and complexity.  This  really is not going to go mainstream until all these pieces are there.