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How's it going to know when I want to take a picture?

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Cory Streater #1

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Posted Jun 2 '13 @ 7:08 PM

At the All Things D conference, Walt Mossberg spoke with Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside, about the contextually aware features of the upcoming Moto X.

I've been trying to figure out how the whole camera thing is going to work. Aside from reading our minds, what kind of voodoo will the Moto X perform to fire up the camera?


Seems to me it would be easier to bring back the days of the physical camera button.


Dennis: "It knows it's in my pocket. It knows when I take it out of my pocket. I might want to do something... I might want to take a picture so it knows to fire up the camera. It's going to anticipate my needs."
Walt: "It's going to fire up the camera every time you take it out of your pocket?!"
Dennis: "When I can show the device I'll explain what it's going to do, and of course not, it's going to do it when you want to fire up the camera"

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Posted Jun 2 '13 @ 8:39 PM

If I had to guess, I bet it prepares the camera for use when it detects when it's removed from the pocket and immediately turned to landscape mode.

Or, maybe they will stick a proximity sensor on a physical camera button so when you take your phone out of your pocket and place your finger on the button it fires it up.

It could also use the FFC to figure out when you're looking at it at eye level, which is probably where you would hold your camera when snapping a picture.

I really don't know; just making guesses here.
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Posted Jun 3 '13 @ 6:41 AM

Maybe a combination of device height and orientation but I guess if you are looking down then that wouldn't work

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Posted Jun 3 '13 @ 6:57 AM

Pure speculation and rumor of course..  but I heard it has a sensor on the back,,, and also that the phone will respond in different ways based on how it's being held.


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Posted Jun 3 '13 @ 1:32 PM

I don't find this working as well as advertised. Interesting claims though.