In a previous blog, we discussed the new contextual sensing features and innovations we added to the sensor platform. In today’s blog, we will take a moment to understand remote sensing and then take a peek at the new and upcoming projects related to it. Namely, OpenT2T and Windows IoT Remote Client.

What is a remote sensor?

A remote sensor is a sensor that’s usually not on the device running the application. This device may or may not be running Windows and may not even have a display or a user interface.
There are primarily two flavors when it comes to remote sensors:

  1. Remote sensors that are on Things with their apps on Windows devices. For example, we have a multitude of Things in smart homes and fitness gadgets all around us, and these devices have sensors for things like temperature, humidity, air quality, heart rate and blood pressure, just to name a few. In this case, the sensors are on these Things, but the app itself may be on your phone or desktop device.
  2. Remote sensors that are on Windows devices with their apps on Things. If you have a Thing that does not run an operating system or does not have sensors, then in this case, you are remotely using the sensors that are on your phone or your tablet to provide inputs/data to your Things.

Read more: Introducing New Remote Sensing Features | Building Apps for Windows