GSoC: automatic brightness adjustment

Vadim Dombrowski pftbest at
Wed Apr 4 15:30:56 BST 2012

Thanks for reply!

I agree that keeping web-cam always on is not a good idea. Actually it may
prevent some real applications, such as Skype to use web-cam. I think about
making a shots every minute for example. That partially solves the problem
with power.
On Apr 4, 2012 3:48 PM, "Dario Freddi" <drf54321 at> wrote:

> Hi,
> Il 04 aprile 2012 03:12, Vadim Dombrowski <pftbest at> ha scritto:
> >  Hi!
> >
> > I'm a student of Belarusian State University and I would like to
> > participate in GSoC 2012.
> >
> > The idea for my project is to create an automatic brightness
> > adjustment mechanism using web-camera as light sensor.
> > Today a lot of laptops have integrated web-camera, but don't have any
> > light sensor. So you should manually change brightness every time the
> > ambient light changes.
> > Using web-camera as light sensor should give enough information to do
> > automatic adjustment.
> >
> > So I am interested whether this is a good idea? And if it is, how can
> > I find/contact mentor or team related to brightness in KDE?
> I would be your best contact point for it probably. I admit I am not
> really fond of the idea - keeping the webcam on and busy all of the
> time to make it act like an (inaccurate) light sensor is quite a waste
> of resources to me, and most laptop users would rather live without
> auto-adjustment than with 1 hour less of battery. A proposal about
> integrating light sensors (and maybe more hw capabilities) would be
> instead much more interesting from my POV.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Vadim Dombrovski.
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