Its no secret that I’m a HUGE Gadgeteer fan, but I’m also a Microsoft MVP and have been one for 10 years and so I’m in Seattle attending the annual MVP Summit Conference and while all of our sessions are under NDA I can say that I attended a Bing Map and Azure discussion today as I think they are a great fit for Gadgeteer. I’ve have projects running with COSM.com and ThingSpeak.com and they work great, but the question is what happens when I deploy lots of Gadgeteer sensors, how do I collect the data and then once I have it, what do I do with it. Azure seems to be a natural for collecting it and Nick Harris’s blog entry http://www.nickharris.net/2013/02/devices-services-near-realtime-sensor-data-with-windows-azure-mobile-services-net-microframework-and-pusher/ pretty much cemented that was highly doable, now that you have buckets of data from your sensors, now what, enter Bing Maps as way to visualize that data http://www.microsoft.com/maps/developers/web.aspx
Now what was really cool, is I was talking to one of the attendees there and we might have a project that would be a very cool showcase for Gadgeteer, Azure and Bing Maps, hope we can make it happen.
I should also mention, there is a high amount of interest in Gadgeteer from MVP’s attending this conference and hopefully I can expand on this in a couple of days.