Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
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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