GPS has made life dramatically different (and, yes, better) for many of us, but it's not the only way to get location info. Windows 7 has a built-in framework for sensors that is only just now getting some developer love. Take a look at GeoSense, a nifty, free tool that pings local Wi-Fi networks, cell signals and other stationary devices to get a lock on your computer's current location. It's slick and seamless, and there are likely to be quite a few apps making use of it soon. Here's how to get it:
- Download and install GeoSense here.
- Enable GeoSense by opening the Control Panel, selecting "Hardware and Sound," then "Enable location and Other Sensors."
- Tick the box next to GeoSense, then click "Apply."
- Check it out by downloading this cool Google Maps client that should very quickly bring up your current location and let you search for nearby amenities and services--great for lost travelers!
I hope to see more developers integrate GeoSense into their apps. Time will tell!
Thanks to MakeUseOf for the tip!