Sensor Support for Windows 8 Finally Detailed


For those of you curious about Microsoft’s next iteration of Windows and what it could mean for tablets and potentially phones, The Verge has some juicy details. New hardware sensors are being introduced for the first time in many cases within the operating system in order to make it easier for develops to utilize hardware and create metro style applications. Adaptive brightness, compass support, and automatic screen rotation are all included on top of the standard light sensor, magnetometer, gyroscope, and accelerometer.

Microsoft is hoping to present a way for developers to use these sensors together in order to combat their individual weaknesses in a process the company is calling sensor fusion. By using multiple sensors to achieve a goal, data is more accurate. This certainly isn’t a new concept, but it will be the first time combined sensor algorithms have been deployed in the mobile realm.

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