Geosense Detects and Shares your Location without GPS in Windows 7

March 3, 2010 | Filed under Software, Windows 7

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Windows 7 has an in build features of Sensor and Location Platform which can share the current location of your PC using GPS sensor. By using sensors, programs on your computer can customize information and services for you based on your computer’s current location, surroundings and more. For example, with a location sensor and your computer, you may be able to find a nearby restaurant, get directions to that restaurant, send the directions to a friend and then follow the directions on a map as you travel to your destination.

Thanks to Geosense, a Windows Sensor that provides the Location and Sensors platform in Windows 7 with accurate and reasonably ubiquitous positioning information without requiring or the assistance of GPS hardware, enabling more practical location-based applications and scenarios on Windows 7. Works best on computers with wireless adapter although it is not a requirement. Geosense is designed to use a hybrid mix of geolocation service providers and geolocation methods to pinpoint the most accurate location information possible – including but not limited to WiFi triangulation, cell tower triangulation and IP lookup.

After installing Geosense and enabling it at Control Panel > Location and Other Sensors, you don’t really see any difference or addition to your computer. Unfortunately, there’s a serious lack of location-aware Windows 7 applications. To demonstrate the accuracy of the sensor, they’ve made a location-enabled Google Maps client.

Other location-aware Windows 7 applications that you can use is the sidebar “Weather” gadget, under the gadget’s options select “Find location automatically” and MahTweets, a Geotags tweets and Flickr photos. Given a little more time perhaps we would have more applications that supports Windows 7 location features.

Download Geosense for Windows 7




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