General Idea: Use Camera Flash As Status LED

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Xenon, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Xenon

    Xenon Well-Known Member
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    This phone doesn't have any LED status lights. This not a terrible
    issue. It's a design decision by Samsung that plays on the fact that
    people don't usually keep the phone far away.

    But it occurred to me today that Camera Flash could be used in
    place of status LEDs. Obviously, it is larger than the common status
    LED, and consumes more power, so it would need to flash in large
    intervals. Let's say twice per minute?

    Flash is strong so it would be noticeable with peripheral vision even
    with the phone on its back. What do you think? Could/should apps
    utilize it?
     

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  2. kam187

    kam187 Well-Known Member
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    Hmm could be done pretty easily. I noticed there's an option for recurring notification too so you know if you missed an SMS.
     
  3. m4j3r

    m4j3r Member
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    It could be done, but I think that flash is much too strong for status LED, because it's using too much power.
    What about touch screen?
    No need that whole screen is flashing...u could set size, area and color of flashing light.
    Screen is usually facing upwards & since it's oled screen i guess it would use less power then flash.
    In addition, it could show you missed calls/messages when you press that light.
     
  4. alok

    alok Member
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    It would make a very good silent ringer, if you strobe both the led and the oled screen at once.

    I tend to leave my phone on my desk at work, and it would be nice for the ringer to be completely silent.
     

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