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Old November 7th, 2009, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone found a FlashLight App that uses the dual LED Camera Flash as a light source?? I have this on my BlackBerry Storm and it works Awesome.

Have not had any luck finding one like it for the DROID???

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I haven't found one either. After upgrading successively from on G'z One to the next, to the Boulder, then the Exilim, ALL of which let you use the Flash LED as a flash light, I find it insulting to be relegated to the iPhone crowd that use their LCD as a flashlight. What... seriously? I laughed the first time I saw one of my friends waving their iPhone around using the LCD as a dim flashlight. I found an App that does this, but it's for the blackberry.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 08:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I am trying to make sure the DROID does everything that I like about my STORM along w/ its many other greatnesses...lol

But theat Storm Flashlight app that uses the camera Flash is Awesome.
The other night we were 1/2 mile into the woods at 8pm tracking a rabid fox (long story), and the flashlight we had shit the bed. Then I remembered the Storm light , it worked great . Even my Dad would was walking behind me could see perfectly fine.....

Well I guess we will have to keep looking.....
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I'm keeping an eye out as well. Been rather underwhelmed with the camera functiono (although the qik streaming was great!)

Hoping they fix the camera issues with a software patch, and in the meantime, I'm looking for an app that can make use of the incredibly bright LCD "flash" as a flashlight.
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Would love to be able to use the camera flash as a flashlight! If someone knows how to do this please share! Or maybe a developer can make us an app! Would pay for it.
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I would also pay for an app that does this. It seems pretty simple and the hardware's all there, we just need the code to be written
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Has anyone tried Glowing Pear if it works on droid? It is a flashlight app that uses the camera flash on Samsung Galaxy.
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Has anyone tried Glowing Pear if it works on droid? It is a flashlight app that uses the camera flash on Samsung Galaxy.
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Tried it out, doesn't work someone create an app like Glowing Pear but for DROID!
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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Be on the lookout soon. I am working on a widget to do this. I believe I have the widget done, but I have only been able to test in the Emulator, which doesn't have the LEDs. I have my DROID at home, and should be able to test it tonight.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Sweet. ...Keep us Posted.
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I am working on this app as well. The api seems to be there in the form of Camera.Parameters.FLASH_MODE_TORCH during a preview.

I haven't had much time to work on this due to playing with my new droid with all of my spare time
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Yeah this would be some simple coding, glad to see some people jumping on it.
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Can't wait for this - had it on my previous phone and actually used it a lot. LED's are much brighter than the screen. There's no comparison.
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This would be a great widget to have. I miss having this ability and appreciate those working on a widget.
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Not found by market search or scanning the barcode...
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Was that actually developed by Motorola? It seems like it, since the dev is MotoDroid.
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Doesn't mean a lot, as There are other devs with similar names.

Also, the comment for that app at AndroLib also states that it is missing from the market....
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I wanted to modify the pearlight app to work for the Droid, but I contacted the developer and he hasn't responded.

I haven't developed an app for android yet but would def. experiment if I just had some code to base it off of.

Can anyone provide me with the source of any apps that might be useful? I'll bang out a camera flash proggy this weekend.
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I am working on this app as well. The api seems to be there in the form of Camera.Parameters.FLASH_MODE_TORCH during a preview.

I haven't had much time to work on this due to playing with my new droid with all of my spare time
I think a call to getSupportedFlashModes() puts that out of the question?

Pretty sure the camera driver needs to be updated before you can use the led as a torch from the API.
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I think a call to getSupportedFlashModes() puts that out of the question?

Pretty sure the camera driver needs to be updated before you can use the led as a torch from the API.
have you run this code yet? I am going to be using this code but I haven't been able to run it on a DROID yet.
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have you run this code yet? I am going to be using this code but I haven't been able to run it on a DROID yet.
Yes. returns ON, OFF, AUTO no RED_EYE or TORCH mode is available.

I've been trying to get those lights to turn on for the past 48 hours... The only way I think its possible is to load the camera api up and maybe take shot after shot (or focus after focus) without recording anything, using about as much power in the CPU as the lights. not an option.

P.S. I would be interested if anyone can get the lights to work on the camcorder preview/record.
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someone get this app working damn! I looked right after i got my droid to see if there were any apps for the LED's because those things are bright.
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Looking forward to this app. Let us know when one has been developed!
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I do not have a droid so I cannot test, but I have been reading around and people want the camera flash thing to light up to use as a flashlight so this might work. I just found this app today.

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I am not sure if this has been posted so if it has please delete. Just trying to help!
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #28 (permalink)
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It was in a previous thread but it seems to have found its way to the back of the bunch so I will leave this up so people can learn about the app because with the droid camera sucking so much right now (focus wise) atleast we can have some good use for that insane dual LED.
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so where the app at?
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Hey guys, just an idea, but perhaps we can collaborate? Care to share your code, and then we can put it on the market as a joint venture? It'll be OUR project.

Just an idea. And we can use google wave somehow to work on it? I'm new to wave, but it looks like it has potential.
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From what 1033 said, it seems like the Droid does not currently support the necessary flash mode (so called "torch") for this to be possible.
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Actually, I believe he meant the exact opposite conclusion. The API supports it. Its an implementation thing we have to work out, and if we shared the code it might be much easier to do. I have a feeling I'm pretty close with a barebones app, but I am still learning the syntax. Luckily, it seems to be modeled right after Java.

I'm certain I can get the app working, I just need a little guidance.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I agree that the API supports it, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Droid hardware/drivers support it. I think the whole point of calling getSupportedFlashModes() is to identify which modes the current hardware supports.

Anyway, has anyone gotten a chance to try it on the hardware? I didn't have time last night...
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I agree that the API supports it, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Droid hardware/drivers support it. I think the whole point of calling getSupportedFlashModes() is to identify which modes the current hardware supports.

Anyway, has anyone gotten a chance to try it on the hardware? I didn't have time last night...
I am trying it right now. I can get access to the camera (I hear the 3 clicks just like when you open the camera), but can't get the flash to turn on.

This is the code I am trying...

Code:
camera = Camera.open();
 parameters = camera.getParameters();
 List<String> list = parameters.getSupportedFlashModes();
 
 if (list != null)
 {
	 /*for(int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++)
	 {
		 Toast.makeText(context, list.get(i), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();            		 
	 }*/
	 
	 parameters.setFlashMode(Camera.Parameters.FLASH_MODE_ON);
	 camera.setParameters(parameters);
	 camera.startPreview();
	 Toast.makeText(context, "LED IS ON", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
 }
I just added the startPreview() to see if it helped, but it didn't.
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after looking up the FLASH_MODE_ON, I can see why it isn't turning on...It will only turn on during snapshot.

did find this though.

Re: Question about supported Camera Flash Modes on the Droid - Android App Development for Motorola Handsets - MOTODEV Discussion Boards

seems that somebody has asked Motorola about the two missing flash options. We will see what they say.
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Nice, I was looking for an app like this. Hopefully the kinks get worked out so it will work.
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Looks like Motorola still hasn't responded...
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Any news on when we ill be able to use the LED flash on the droid as a flashlight?
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Won't this kill the battery in like 20 minutes? or less ?
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I don't know about those LEDs, but LEDs in general are pretty power efficient. I guess, if they are not cranked up all the way.
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Yeah, I doubt using the HILEDs will kill the battery that fast - but it will surely take a toll on overall battery life every time it is enabled.
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Subscribed. Id definatly pay for it. It was a pretty handy feature on my storm.
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Won't this kill the battery in like 20 minutes? or less ?
Doubt it, but nobody really knows until it's done.
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Won't this kill the battery in like 20 minutes? or less ?
Doubt it... but who would have their LED's on for that long? I had an app on my old WM phone that turned the LED on - it would automatically turn it off after 120 seconds.
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Hope this app comes to market!! That screen LCD light is crap, but we have a DUAL led flash, it would be awesome to get that baby cranking as a flashlight! Wish i could help figure out the code but i'd be useless!! lol. Good luck gang!
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Doubt it... but who would have their LED's on for that long? I had an app on my old WM phone that turned the LED on - it would automatically turn it off after 120 seconds.
I had the exact same program on my WinMo phone. Good stuff.
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Apparently there was a silent update to the camera app... or camera hardware drivers... over the last couple of days. Perhaps the torch flash mode has been enabled as a consequence? Bears looking into.
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Apparently there was a silent update to the camera app... or camera hardware drivers... over the last couple of days. Perhaps the torch flash mode has been enabled as a consequence? Bears looking into.
I was thinking the same thing. I will be trying this out in a little while. Left my USB cable at home. running home for lunch to pick it up.
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Just tested it. Still the same three modes available(On, Off, Auto).
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When its on Auto, it fires the flash for a few seconds in dark situations while it auto-focuses. I'm wondering if there's some way to leverage that. Is there an event that fires when auto focus is complete? is there a way to force it to keep retrying? Just some thoughts... though that would probably burn through the battery quickly while you're forcing the camera to keep retrying.
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