egzthunder1 · Feb 24, 2012 at 04:00 pm

Are You Jealous of the iPad2’s Smart Cover? Make Your Own for the Transformer

One of Apple’s biggest marketing tools for the iPad2, was a rather unique feature which allows you to protect your device’s screen while ensuring that it isn’t “on” when you do. Yup, you guessed it… the smart cover. Turning the screen on and off without actually touching the power button was a nice idea indeed, which has been picked up by others as well!

Fortunately for us, Apple is not the only company in the world who can think of concepts like these. In fact, Asus thought of a very similar concept for their TF101. If you have a tab with a dock, you likely notice that when docked, if you close the lid, the screen will go off. It isn’t because of any mechanical switch like most laptops have, but because of a small magnet hidden somewhere in the keyboard. XDA member MrNago found where this magnet was located, and by getting a cheap flip case, and a penny sized magnet, he was able to replicate the Smart Cover functionality.

The tab itself seems to have a magnetic field sensor, which it likely uses to determine the state of the cover. The dev has gone ahead and uploaded some pictures as well as a video demoing the cover in action. Instructions are really not that necessary as the pics are rather self explanatory. As long as you position your magnet in the correct location, your cover will work. One thing to keep in mind is that this will only switch the display on and off, but the tab will not be locked. This can be easily changed in the device settings section.

Try it out! It should be simple and fun. Please leave your feedback and pics of your creations in the thread.

This only WAKES the device, doesn’t lock it! 
If you want unlock you can disable it in the preferences.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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