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Microsoft, Arduino announce collaborative deal

Posted: 06 May 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microsoft  Arduino  Windows 10  open source  design 

Microsoft has teamed up with Arduino, claiming that Windows 10 is the world's first Arduino certified operating system. According to them, 'Arduino Certified' Windows 10 allows makers to easily create smart objects combining hardware-driving capability of Arduino with the software capabilities of Windows.

For example, a security camera can be built by using Arduino to power the motors controls to tilt/turn the camera and using Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to create great UI, to connect the camera to the cloud, to process the image for motion detection and for adding facial/voice recognition.

The makers' community can now also benefit from Windows Remote Arduino and Windows Virtual Shields for Arduino technologies, both released as open source libraries.

Microsoft partners with Arduino

With Windows Remote Arduino developers can (wirelessly) access the capabilities of Windows 10 devices as if they were physically attached to an Arduino Shield and leveraging Arduino functions directly from Universal Windows Application.

In this way Microsoft is enabling developers to extend their Universal Windows Platform Application with Arduino commands (that execute on a wirelessly connected Arduino device). Combining the power of Windows 10 devices including features such as image processing, speech recognition, website parsing, cameras and advanced audio pipelines with the power of physical world interactivity through Arduino enables a variety of new scenarios to be created.

With Windows Virtual Shields for Arduino, users can tap into the power of their Windows 10 devices through wireless protocols. For example Lumia 530 contains a lot of Arduino Shield capabilities and allows designers/makers to connect all those components seamlessly. Imagine being able to create an Arduino project that includes GPS, web connectivity/parsing, touch display, speech technologies and more.

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
  EE Times Europe

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