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Looking for an app that will turn on screen if motion detected by camera

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by toonwolf, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. toonwolf

    toonwolf Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I've been searching Play store for an app that use motion detection by the front camera to wake up the screen on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 when someone enters the room, or is walking near the device. The "Camera Trigger (Motion detect)" app is one that looked promising, but unfortunately there is no trigger for activating the screen. I also looked at "Tasker", but there is as far as I can see currently no event available to use motion detected by camera to activate the screen.

    The reason I would like this is because the Tab is used by my family to display the Google calendar for all family members and their activities. Instead of having to turn on the device it would be cool to automatically turn on the screen when someone walks in the room. I understand that using the camera for such a purpose would make the battery drain quicker, but that's ok as the Tab is alway in it's docking station with a power adapter. Also I'm not using the lock screen/there is no security as this is a Tablet used by the family.


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  2. tommysharp

    tommysharp Lurker

    Hi, did you ever come up with a solution to this? This is exactly what I am looking to do with an old android tablet I have spare....
  3. marklyn

    marklyn Newbie

    Did you ever find a solution here, I'm looking for the EXACT same thing!
  4. vosg

    vosg Android Expert

  5. marklyn

    marklyn Newbie

    Battery drain might be an issue but this is for a dedicated kitchen tablet, plugged in all of the time. My Transformer TF300T doesn't have proximity sensor on it since it's not a phone.
  6. Matthew Price

    Matthew Price Lurker

    I had the exact same idea to plug in a device and let it wake up when the camera senses motion and load a calendar application, at least during certain times of the day. I guess I will add this to the list of apps that I will write if I ever get time.
  7. marklyn

    marklyn Newbie

    I have an Asus TFT300 tablet and have finally set it up to wake up when I either walk into the room or when I turn the light on in the room (kitchen). I have a galley style kitchen. The tablet sits, facing the entrance of the kitchen and the screen is off about 99% of the time. When I walk in, even in dim light, it turns on. Works 100% of the time and I love it. As long as there is movement or light changes, the screen stays on.

    I use 3 apps to work toward one solution. I use phone weaver app to set things like screen brightness, how long the screen is on, and how these two settings might differ if it's 4am and me getting a drink of water versus 6pm when I'm in the kitchen cooking.
    The second app I use called Motion Detector (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.motion.detector&hl=en)
    The last app I had to get is a screen plugin that works with Motion Detector located: http://m.downloadatoz.com/apps/org.jastrzab.plugin.screen,881328/download.html

    So I'll summarize by saying that Phone Weaver is helpful to do things to your phone/tablet which allow screen timeouts or dimming the screen, etc. and is extremely configurable. Without something like this you're screen will be either on/off by the native Android settings. At night, when I walk into the kitchen and the screen lights up, it only lights up at 30% for example, while during the day when I walk in, it is full brightness (until 10pm)

    The motion detect app is a GREAT little app and if you go this route I can tell you what my settings are but I can't really explain the settings very well. I had to learn the hard way, with little documentation, how to configure it.

    The last app is a plugin and once installed you just turn it on and leave it on, not settings but it needs to be on/running and works hand in hand with Motion Detect.

    There is no formal documentation that I've ever found on how to do what I've accomplished. I guess that's reasonable since what I wanted was probably a weird setup... you walk into my kitchen, day or night, and my tablet screen turns on!

    Oh, and my tablet is rooted, but it was rooted before I found this solution so I'm not sure that it even needs to be rooted for this solution to work. I don't think so, but not 100% sure.
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  8. rubbermonkey

    rubbermonkey Lurker

    So I go a cheap-o tablet that we wanted to use as a calendar. Following your method I got it setup to turn the screen on with the Calendar app on the screen whenever we passed by. I thought all was good until I stumbled across a firmware update for the tablet. I went ahead and updated from 4.2 to 4.4 on the tablet, wiping everything. I then went and setup the motion detector and screen plugin again but now I can't get it working. Motion detector registers the motion, but whenever I enable it and let it turn the screen off I can't get it to wake back up again. Even pressing the power button won't wake it up. I'm forced to do a soft reset to even get back into the tablet.

    My question is, do you know of any reason why this setup would have worked for Jelly Bean but not KitKat on my tablet? I've been messing with it for about an hour and almost ready to throw the tablet across the room so any advice on what to try next would be greatly appreciated.
  9. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    All I can think of is maybe in settings, security, device administrators, you have to check motion detector and/or screen plugin
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  10. marklyn

    marklyn Newbie

    I don't remember the details but I do clearly remember that something in KitKat was disabled/turned off that prevented this feature from working. If I find the forum/thread, I'll post it here but there definitely was something in the newer OS that killed this feature. That's why I left mine at Jellybean but I had forgotten that.
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  11. bobr76

    bobr76 Lurker

    Hi. Can you share with me that 3rd app, the plugin? I downloaded from link but then I cant get the apk file as there is error on server.

  12. marklyn

    marklyn Newbie

    Give me a place to email it to or drop it off at and I'll do so.
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  13. bobr76

    bobr76 Lurker

    Sent you PM with my email. Hope the apk file is not too big for it.
  14. RedFox485

    RedFox485 Lurker


    I really like your solution to this! I followed along with everything, and when I downloaded the plugin, everything works fine except for when I install it:( apparently turn page is no longer on the play store.

    Could you please send me the .apk file for the plugin?

    Thanks sooooo much!
  15. RedFox485

    RedFox485 Lurker

    Sorry to bug you but could you please share the 3rd app (plugin) with me? I downloaded it, and when I try to get the .apk, it says there is a server error
  16. tanvirnabi

    tanvirnabi Lurker

    The same problem I experienced and I was in a trouble. However it is the proximity sensor that worked great and helped me a lot.
  17. RedFox485

    RedFox485 Lurker

    Yeah, except my tablet doesn't have a proximity sensor:(

    Thanks for the help!
  18. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    There is no error. As the page clearly states, the file was removed due to a DMCA takedown request because of piracy i.e. redistributing a paid app.

    Android Forums has a strict zero-tolerance policy towards piracy, so please respect developers and do not redistribute their work, including sharing links, without permission.
  19. RedFox485

    RedFox485 Lurker

    Ok, that makes sense. I can't seem to find the plugin in the playstore either though:( Could you please point me I'm the right direction for that? I would be very greatful!

    Thank you sooooo much for your help!

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