Wish list for future Freerunner

Jonathon Suggs jsuggs at murmp.com
Thu Apr 17 17:31:49 CEST 2008

My Nokia N95 works fairly well.  They don't do too much with it, mainly
just adjust the backlighting to conserve a little more battery.

To agree with Mickey, just because the hardware can do something (that
may seem cool at the time) doesn't mean that it should be done.  But on
the flip side, not having the hardware being capable of something
completely eliminates any possibilities.

So, a light (or proximity) sensor could be a good addition to the next
hardware rev, but just don't go crazy trying to make use of it.

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From: Michael 'Mickey' Lauer <mickey at openmoko.org>
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Subject: Re: Wish list for future Freerunner
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:14:29 +0100

On Saturday 12 April 2008 18:46:16 Ron K. Jeffries wrote:
> Next significant iteration of Freerunner
> should include light sensor.

Actually I have yet to see a device where a light sensor does not get in the 
way and eventually annoying a lot. This seems very hard to get right (both on 
the older iPAQs and the N8xx it's barely usable).

> My understanding
> is that's one part of iPhone secret sauce for intelligently
> dimming LCD while phone is held up to user's ear.

IIRC they're using a proximity sensor rather than a light sensor.


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