Whether it was a printer, an LED curtain displaying images from a smartphone or a giant foot piano, all the devices found within the Microsoft exhibit at the World Maker Faire New York event this past weekend were powered by the newest version of Windows 10 IoT Core, which was updated on Sept. 25.
If you've been a part of Microsoft's Windows Insiders program, give yourself a pat on the back. Karthik Thirumalai, a Microsoft Group Program Manager, told Tech Times that feedback from users through the Insiders network prompted the first update to be released just over a month after the original IoT Core release.
"We made a commitment that we're going to be enlisting feedback and listening to the community. We're not going to take this long cycle to update anymore," Thirumalai said. "The cool thing about this is the community can build Windows with us. They can tell us, 'Hey, this is working well, this is not working well, we want this feature' and based on the feedback, we say, 'OK, this is what the community really wants. Let's go build that right now.'
"I think they're telling us what they need, what's missing and we added it and we're going to continue doing that," he continued. "[Friday] was really just a month from the first release, so we want to continue doing this."
And there's no doubting the capability of the updated version of Windows 10 IoT Core, as demonstrated by Thirumalai at the Maker Faire. There, using a Windows phone, Thirumalai took a picture of a Tech Times reporter, before the smartphone was able to interact with Raspberry Pi via Bluetooth. Once he hit display on the phone, the Raspberry Pi sent signals through the Arduino and the image displayed on the LED curtain in seconds.
Solutions like this are likely to only get easier and more advanced partly due to the feedback from the Insiders' program.