TOH idea: orientation sensors

asked 2014-04-06 17:38:17 +0200

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updated 2014-06-17 11:53:20 +0200

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Just a small idea that came up to me: put small sensors on the side of TOH that will detect how you are holding your phone by your hand. If they detect that your hand is on left or right side - then it must be prortrait mode, if on upper or bottom side - then it's landscape. What do you think, will it work? It's pretty simple technology, so it may be incorporated by other TOHs (don't think that it should be separate TOH for that)

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The phone already contains orientation sensors, so how would TOH sensors be different or better? I didn't quite catch that part.

ln ( 2014-04-06 17:59:36 +0200 )edit

The orientation sensor relies on orientation with regards to gravity, not your hands. Hence, if you lie on your side with the phone in your hand, it'll switch to landscape. But your head is the same orientation as the phone, so you want to keep it portrait. If you detect how the phone is held, that's a better approximation of user's intent.

mornfall ( 2014-04-06 18:18:30 +0200 )edit

Viewing in landscape mode does not mean the phone side look downwards. So extra sensors could work. But if You put the phone on a desk, nothing can tell its orientation. Not even a back sensor, because You do not hold it. So You could name a few special situations when the extra sensor could work, but it could not cover all the situations when the inbuilt sensor would not work either.

Macilaci457 ( 2014-04-06 18:40:37 +0200 )edit

yes, but probably will cover most of them

virgi26 ( 2014-04-06 21:36:22 +0200 )edit

Make a list then.

Macilaci457 ( 2014-04-06 22:19:43 +0200 )edit