**from software.Intel.com***

This guide provides developers with an overview of the Microsoft Windows 8* sensors application programming interfaces (APIs) for Desktop and Windows UI style applications with a specific focus on the various sensor capabilities available in Windows 8 Desktop mode. We summarize the APIs that enable creating interactive applications by including some of the common sensors such as accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes with Windows 8.

 

Documentation http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/ultrabook-and-tablet-windows-8-sensors-development-guide/?wapkw=sensor+technology