Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Sep 2010 20:41 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Who says the open source and Free software world only copy but never innovate? Over at Canonical's design blog - you know, the company which does nothing for the Linux world *cough* - someone named Christian Giordano has shared some ideas about how Ubuntu - and therefore, the rest of the Linux world - could make use of hardware sensors to better serve its users. Pretty interesting stuff.
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camera lights
by _txf_ on Mon 20th Sep 2010 21:27 UTC
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2008-03-17

These days most webcams, especially those integrated into screen frames come with an activity light. It could become quite annoying watching a movie with a bright blue or green led flashing right in the eye.

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RE: camera lights
by orestes on Mon 20th Sep 2010 21:30 in reply to "camera lights"
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2005-07-06

Presumably the LEDs could be suppressed in software if need be. I'm not sure how they'd deal with unintentional input though.

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RE[2]: camera lights
by _txf_ on Tue 21st Sep 2010 13:12 in reply to "RE: camera lights"
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2008-03-17

I suspect that might not be the case. One of the functions of the led is the notify you that nobody is spying on you or that your webcam is active. If one could turn it off via software that could present a risk.

But then again there are those anti burglar programs that record videos based on movement...

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RE[2]: camera lights
by bitwelder on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 06:36 in reply to "RE: camera lights"
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2010-04-27

Presumably also a piece of tape of appropriate color can help with the issue (or an official iBandAid for fruit-lovers ;-) )

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RE: camera lights
by SilentStorm on Tue 21st Sep 2010 07:29 in reply to "camera lights"
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2006-09-22

Logitech camera I have software controllable activity light (I have pro 9000) and UVC software (guvc IIRC) can control it. I assume that this is a requirement of UVC standard.

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