Here is a really interesting project from a Danish company that uses the .NET Micro Framework. Upon my request the embedded software specialist Hans Skytt Steffensen provided me information in English:
The Center for Software Innovation has evaluated accelerometer technology in remote control (RC) application for crane operated container terminals. Rather than using regular joystick control of the crane, it is controlled by accelerometer. The accelerometer detects all motions in 3D which is turned into crane control commands. Hazardous crane operations are avoided by build-in protection against sudden moves.
By emphasizing accelerometer technology we put the spot on new and more user-friendly ways of advanced device control.The setup is brought to life in only two weeks using Microsoft’s brand new .NET Micro Framework. The .NET Micro Framework is the version of the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) designated for small embedded devices. The application is developed in the managed code C# language in Visual Studio 2005.
The RC contains the following development kits:
Tahoe developer kit for .NET Micro Framework from www.DeviceSolutions.net
. The kit is based on a tiny 35mm x 35mm cpu module. Hosting a Freescale i.MXS processor, RAM, Flash and Power supply and with SMD attachment scheme.
Accelerometer add-on module from www.DeviceSolutions.net
. Utilizing Freescale’s MMA7260Q accelerometer for 3D sensing.
The toy manufacturer www.heljan.dk has sponsored the Container Terminal.
You can find other concepts, prototypes, and products using the .NET Micro Framework here.