Today's Hardware Friday post is one that I thought had a number of cool and fun possibilities. Plus, anything that combines Windows 8.1, Netduino, C# and the chance to say "HID" can't be all that bad, can it?
Sample motion-sensor, firmware and Windows Runtime app for HID
This end-to-end solution includes a tutorial for building a simple passive-infrared sensor that supports the HID protocol
This end-to-end solution includes a tutorial for building a simple passive-infrared sensor that supports the HID protocol. The tutorial is provided as a whitepaper titled Building a motion sensor.docx. Included with this tutorial is a Visual Studio C# project, with source code, for creating the sensor firmware.
In addition to the tutorial for creating a device, this solution includes a sample Store App
that monitors the sensor for motion and captures a short five-second video each time motion is detected. (The app is described in a second tutorial titled Developing
a Human Interface Device (HID) app.)
Note: This end-to-end solution uses firmware produced under the the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For license terms see: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Operating system requirements
Installing Your Development Environment for the firmware
Before you can download the firmware onto your Netduino Plus board, you'll need to complete the following steps:
- Install Microsoft Visual C# Express 2010 on a development machine
- Install .NET Micro Framework SDK v4.2
- Install the Netduino Beta firmware v4.1.1 on your Netduino Plus board
- Download the device firmware project and open in Visual C# Express
- Note that the video here provides a great explanation for installing the Beta firmware on your Netduino board. (See the accompanying tutorial for more details about building the device and installing the firmware.)
Building the HID-based motion sensor
The motion sensor consists of a Netduino Plus development board with an attached passive-infrared (PIR) sensor. You'll find details for building this sensor in the whitepaper titled Building a motion sensor.docx. Once you build this sensor, you can attach it to your Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet and start the sample app.
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