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Programming Windows®, Six Edition by Charles Petzold

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Chapter 18. Sensors and GPS

In recent years, computers have evolved to develop new sensory organs. This isn’t the plot of a new movie! Many of our computers—and particularly tablets and other mobile devices—contain hardware that lets the machine know its orientation in 3D space, its location on the face of the Earth, the amount of ambient light in the vicinity, and even the speed that the computer is turning in the user’s hands.

These pieces of hardware are referred to collectively as sensors, and the software interface to them can be found largely in the Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace, while the classes that help a program determine its geographical location are in the Windows.Devices.Geolocation namespace. The hardware that facilities this ...

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