October 14, 2014

delving into android apps

This one’s a bit off topic..

But from my last post, about LimitlessLED’s. The android app that they tell you to use from the play store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lierda.wificontroller&hl=en) is functional, but terribly slow at starting up, and giving you access to your light. More often then not, my wife an I would find ourselves just using the physical light switch instead.

So Finally I found a pretty awesome app for controlling LED lights, (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.piratemedia.lightcontroler&hl=en) and Eliot, being a good bloke, as made his code open source. This app is awesome as it starts up instantly AND is has a widget you can put on your lockscreen or on a page! Although, his app, out of the box, only controls the RGBW lights, but because I have both in my home (RGBW and dual white) I decided to have a go at developing an app that suits my need (well not so much developing, more just copying and editing other code :P )

I took Eliot’s app code and, so far, I have modified it to control the white lights instead! I plan to make the app do both, but It wont be for another few weeks now, as I am in the final weeks of study at Uni.

Let me know if anyone’s interested in the app, and I’ll post the .apk and source code up on github, and if I’m really keen, put it up on the play store.

But big thanks to Eliot for making his code open source!