With the increasing adoption of progressive web apps, the web platform is becoming more attractive every day. However, in order to complete the circle and provide all the tools and APIs developers need, we must expose the hardware sensors. Historically, the web platform has lagged in exposing low-level features, due to privacy and security concerns and the complexity of the task. This challenge is finally solved with the W3C Generic Sensor API, which creates a modern, forward-looking base API to expose hardware sensors (e.g., ambient light sensors and motion sensors).
This session is sponsored by Intel.
Alexis Menard is a software engineer at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center in Portland, Oregon. His main focus is on the ever evolving Web Platform, which includes work on W3C standards as well as Blink/Chromium. In the latter projects, he serves as both developer and code reviewer. Alexis also worked on Crosswalk, an HTML5 runtime/webview for Android, where he did a bit of everything. Prior to Intel, Alexis worked on QtWebKit and WebKit at the Brazilian Nokia research center (INdT). Before moving to Brazil, Alexis worked out of Norway, mostly on the Qt framework as a part of Nokia (former Trolltech). He is also a former KDE contributor, contributing mostly to Plasma, the desktop shell of KDE.
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