Build your own Windows 7 Sensors!

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image Tired of having a computer with no sensors?  We've created a parallax windows 7 sensor driver with source code so you can create your own!

The sensor device we made here is a Passive-Infrared Sensor.  So basically it is a motion sensor.  The board used in the white paper is the Parallax “BASIC Stamp HomeWork Board”.  Sadly these only come in a 10-pack so the fallback would be the BASIC Stamp 2 Module ($49.00) and getting either the BASIC Stamp 2 Carrier Board” ($15.99) or the Board of Education Dev Board (USB) ($41.99).

The code example also has a .Net application that interprets the data from the sensor.

More of an Arduino fan?  Coding4Fun is working with Brian Jepson (@bjepson) of MAKE and O'Reilly to create a driver that works with Arduino!  I'll post more when it gets finished.

The Discussion

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    Hello, this is a nice feature for my new Win7 PC

    thx a lot


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    @Szymon, The Arduino driver is coming.  If you hit the "email us" link, i can put you in contact with Brian too

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    Szymon Kobalczyk [MVP]

    Great work guys! This is exactly what is needed right now to get people working on great apps for Windows Sensors Platform.

    I'm very interested in porting this to Arduino platform. I think this way we could utilize a lot of existing libraries and create shields with some common sensors (such as the DangerShield).

    Also I think the protocol should be made flexible enough to use the same driver with other platforms - so that one would only need to implement it on the microcontroller side.

    Please let me know if I can help you with developing or testing this.

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    @Dan at the time of posting, the price information was the price from their website.  Prices change over time and depending where you buy it.

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    I dont know where you got you Price information from, but you can buy one Homework Board, and The Basic Stamp 2 Carier Board Costs about $70.

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