I Survived creates global leaderboards in several categories allowing for competition among thrill seekers or simply for personal data collection using Ultrabook technology.
I Survived uses the sensors available in Ultrabooks to enable a global leaderboard of data. The lack of extra bulk in dimensions and weight combined with
the power of Ultrabooks match perfectly with the speed and power ideals of those who are Surviving. The solid state drives found in most Ultrabooks are less prone
to failure under the extreme forces that can cause on mechanical devices like traditional hard drives. Voice Controls allow for hands free application
navigation so the user can focus on their own navigation as they produce extreme forces. The Ultrabook sensors like the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope,
and GPS allow for the capture and accurate measurement of Forces and supporting data. Windows Azure Mobile Services supports the leaderboard features where
users can compete in many categories.
Using the code
The basics of this application on Windows 8 comes from the accelerometer sensor but other sensors will be used for supporting data.
new TypedEventHandler<Accelerometer, AccelerometerReadingChangedEventArgs>(ReadingChanged);
async private void ReadingChanged(object sender, AccelerometerReadingChangedEventArgs e)
await Dispatcher.RunAsync(CoreDispatcherPriority.Normal, () =>
AccelerometerReading reading = e.Reading;
if(xMax < reading.AccelerationX)
if(yMax < reading.AccelerationY)
if(zMax < reading.AccelerationZ)
if(xMin > reading.AccelerationX)
if(yMin > reading.AccelerationY)
if(zMin > reading.AccelerationZ)
Points of Interest
The simulator in Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 apps does not include any sensor data which was disappointing, hopefully they will include this in an upcoming release.
The ability to import or record sensor data through the simulator would be very helpful when developing these applications. I was lucky enough to have a device with
an accelerometer however. Testing my app has been pretty interesting and my wife has been giving me some really weird looks as I swing my computer around wildly tryingn is
to make my own G-Force's. This is where the simulator would be good, I'd be able to press a button to simulate some action like a race car going around a tight corner
rather than having to swing my computer around. I'm a HTML5/JS developer and am coming over to use C#/XAML for this Windows 8 projects and one thing I've been running into
is the inconsistency between the XAML WinRT controls and the controls available in the WinJS library. Hopefully they will rectify that as time goes on and make the same controls
and features available in all languages.
Another limitation is that many consumer devisces only support up to 2 g's on the accelerometer while others go much higher.
- 10/15/2012: Initialized article.
Software Developer making apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android and Blackberry. Learned to code when I was 12 applying 'mods' to BBS source code in the late 80's and still clicking away. Web developer by day and app developer by night, I do this all day long.