Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Add Location Awareness To Windows 7

One of the exciting new features found in Windows 7 is the Windows 7’s Sensor and Location Platform. With this new feature your computer and applications can use location based information to adapt to their current environment. With location sensors -- including GPS devices, WWAN radios, and even triangulation technology -- your applications and gadgets can know exactly where they are, enabling them to provide more locally relevant content and functionality.

Geosense, a newly introduced free app utilizes these functions to pinpoint a users specific location. Utilizing a mix of WiFi triangulation, cell tower triangulation and IP lookup information the app gathers information from geolocation service providers and various other Essentially turning any Windows 7 based device into a GPS unit. Even those that aren't equipped with GPS chips.

The idea, is that with Geosense for Windows installed, your Windows 7 system will know roughly where you are in the world and will consequently be able to provide a localized computing experience. Search results, application information ect. could then become more locally aware. The hope is that more third-party developers will eventually take advantage of the Windows 7 location APIs and make more location based applications such as those commonly found on your iPhone and other similar smartphones.

I've downloaded the app just to play around with it and see what kind of features it includes. I assume since there aren't many geo-aware apps out there at this time it doesn't have a ton of features but being the geek I am I like to play around with new toys. Anyone wanting to checkout the app should also checkout this great tutorial on getting it up and running from Lifehacker. How to Add Location Awareness to Your Windows 7 PC - windows 7 - Lifehacker.

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