Gavin Gear's Tech Blog

It's been a while, find out the latest regarding sensors for Windows 8 at //BUILD/

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've been active here on my blog, but I'm excited to say...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 09/09/2011

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)...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 07/26/2010

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 06/22/2010

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 04/12/2010

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 03/31/2010

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 12/09/2009

.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....

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/30/2009

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/20/2009

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/19/2009

.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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/18/2009

Going to PDC09? Want to learn about developing Location-Aware applications with .NET?

Hey there- If you're interested in building location-aware applications, and if you're going to be...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/12/2009

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...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/19/2009

Great article covering Windows 7 Sensor development kit driver install

I just found this article: http://sondreb.com/blog/post/Windows-7-Sensor-Platform.aspx Where Sondre...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/16/2009

Great writeup on car racing game XNA sample and sensor development kit

Hello all- Pietro Brambati just posted a great writeup on how you can install and run the XNA car...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 09/24/2009

Windows 7, coming soon to the public!

With Windows 7 coming to the public soon, I thought I'd take a moment to write down a quick list of...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 09/17/2009

Windows 7 Sensor development kit downloads are live!

If you have a sensor development kit, and either don’t have the required software/firmware, or want...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 05/20/2009

How to get new Freescale sensor boards to work on Windows 7

If you've purchased one of the new Freescale dev kits online, you may have noticed that the board...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 05/08/2009

Windows API Code Pack is live, and with support for Windows 7 Sensors!

As a part of the Windows 7 RC release wave, the Windows SDK team has released the “Windows® API Code...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 05/07/2009

Windows 7 RC Developer Essentials

Now that Windows 7 RC builds are live, you may want to know “what do I need to download and install...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 05/06/2009

Don't have a light sensor? Use VirtualLightSensor.exe from the SDK!

What is the Virtual Light Sensor tool? This tool allows the user to simulate an ALS (Ambient Light...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 04/22/2009

Windows 7 Sensor development kit boards are available for order!

If you've been wanting to get a Windows 7 Sensor development kit, you can now order directly from...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 04/14/2009

Want to write a sensor driver? Windows 7 Beta WDK docs are live on MSDN.com!

If you have been wondering about how to support your sensor or location device on Windows 7, wonder...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 02/05/2009

Windows 7 Sensor and Location Beta SDK Documentation Live on MSDN

If you want to start learning about the new Windows 7 Sensor and Location platform, you can now...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 01/13/2009

Windows 7 Beta Released!

If you've been wondering what's new in Windows 7, you should install Windows 7 Beta which has just...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 01/12/2009

WinHEC Session Slides for Sensor and Location Platform Available

At WinHEC 2008 (Los Angeles) I gave a presentation that gives an overview of the new Windows 7...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 12/16/2008

If you're interested in Sensors and Location in Windows 7, check out Jim Travis' blog!

Jim Travis has been a Microsoft for a long time, and is the tech writer lead who's working on the...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/13/2008

Using the Windows 7 Sensor Development Kit on a virtual machine

If you have a Windows 7 Sensor Development Kit, but don't have a machine to dedicate to a Windows 7...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 11/13/2008

Watch the Sensors and Location Session from PDC!

Yesterday, Dan Polivy (Senior Lead Program Manager) unveiled the new Windows 7 Sensor and Location...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/30/2008

So what is this new "Sensor and Location Platform" in Windows 7?

Now that this new platform has been announced, I thought I would take a minute to give a quick...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/29/2008

Shameless self promotion: come see my WinHEC session on Sensors and Location

In case you're going to be at WinHEC 2008 in LA, I just wanted to extend an invitation to come and...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/28/2008

If you're at PDC 2008, you need to check out this context-aware computing session!

Most of you know about PDC (The Professional Developer's Conference). Well, it's going on right now,...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/27/2008

Returning to my blog...

Hey all, it's been a while since I've done any blogging as I've been heads-down on Windows 7...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/27/2008

Great Windows SideShow Development Machine – Dell XPS 420

I recently obtained a Dell XPS 420 desktop machine with integrated Windows SideShow display, and...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 02/06/2008

SideShow News: New Device SDK for .NET Micro Framework v1.4

The SideShow team has been working on a new firmware SDK release for .NET Micro Framework device...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 02/05/2008

Introduction to Windows SideShow

I’m now working on the SideShow team here at Microsoft, so I thought I’d transition to talking about...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 12/11/2007

Silverlight Ink SDK Sample Available on Microsoft Downloads

There's a new sample live on downloads.microsoft.com that I wrote a while ago that demonstrates...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 10/08/2007

Something new... now working on the Windows SideShow Platform

Well, I'm no longer working on the Silverlight project (but will still blog about it occasionally)....

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 09/20/2007

Check out this Silverlight Ink-Enabled search site!

My friend Loren has really out done himself this time! Check out this Silverlight Ink-enabled Google...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 09/07/2007

It's here, It's here, It's here!!! Silverlight 1.0 RTW!

Well, today Microsoft released Silverlight 1.0 to the web! This marks a major milestone for...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 09/05/2007

Time to upgrade your Silverlight code to RC1!

If you've been working on Silverlight projects using the Silverlight 1.0 Beta, it's time to gear up...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 08/03/2007

Introducing the Silverlight Xaml Ink Builder tool: Creates Silverlight-Compatible Ink Xaml

In my last post, I demonstrated how to specify static Ink Xaml for a Silverlight InkPresenter...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 08/01/2007

How To: Static Xaml Ink in Silverlight

In the examples that I’ve shown so far, I’ve demonstrated Ink collection in Silverlight using the...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 07/31/2007

Silverlight 1.1 Ink Demo by Mark Johnston of MSDN UK

Here's a 6 minute video showing how to get started with Ink support in Silverlight 1.1 by Mark...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 07/30/2007

Product Review: Toshiba M400 Tablet PC

Review: Toshiba M400 Tablet PC Rating: 4/5 I’ve been using my Toshiba M400 for about 7 months now,...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 07/16/2007

New Silverlight Ink developer sample, convert Journal files to Silverlight web pages!

A co-worker of mine, Stefan Wick has created a great new Silverlight Ink sample. This sample...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 06/22/2007

How To: Create an Ink-Enabled Sidebar Gadget Using Silverlight

Have you ever said to yourself “Hmmmm… I have some ideas for Sidebar gadgets… I should really learn...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 06/08/2007

How To: Create a Silverlight Hypertext Application for Ink Photo Annotation

In the following blog entry:...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 06/04/2007

Another Silverlight Ink Post by Julia Lerman - syncing Ink Annotations Over Video

Julia Lerman has been experimenting with Ink annotations over video with Silverlight. In her post,...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 05/31/2007

Julia Lerman of thedatafarm.com blogs about Silverlight Ink

Julia Lerman is one of those developers that likes to develop applications and content for the...

Author: Gavin Gear - MSFT Date: 05/15/2007

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