Live camera feed as background for springboard?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by lyhte, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. lyhte macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    I searched all over and did not find anything on this idea. Is there an app available or in progress that makes the live feed of the iPhone camera act as the wallpaper for the springboard? I think that would a really cool and unique tweak. What do you guys think?
  2. Tomple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    New York, New York
    That would be cool...
    Except for the battery drain :(
  3. weemanpow3 macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2008
  4. lyhte thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    I thought that at first too but really, how much time do you actually spend on the springboard? Usually you just find the app you want and leave the springboard. It would be nice to try it out to see the impact on battery life.
  5. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    If a tree falls down in the forest and no ones around to hear it does it make any noise?
  6. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    I installed video wallpaper and it shaved hours off the battery life of my phone. I can't imagine how bad it would be with the drain of network access and everything else.
  7. Orion126 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    In my book this is filed under:

    Sounds cool but impractical. Why would you want to anyway if apps will be blocking out most of the image (unless you have those blank apps) but might as well fire up an app to use the streaming video.
  8. TJone macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
    It is an interesting idea but this is true^. Video wallpaper was killing my battery life and it was making SB lag too much. This could be even more problematic.
  9. lyhte thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nonetheless, as vWallpaper was an option for those that wanted it, it would be nice to have this as an option too.
  10. Kayan macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Also by your statement, since you wouldn't spend that much time looking at the wallpaper, why would you want it in the first place if you wouldn't have much time to look at it? I'm too much of a battery lover for that.
  11. iamthekiller macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2010
    This is the stupid kind of crap that gives jailbreaking a bad name.
  12. lyhte thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    Think about it. What if there were a way it could be done so that not only is it a live camera feed but it could also take pictures right off of the springboard. No need to open the camera app? Hmmm...could be useful. All you'd have to do is use a theme that makes the apps transparent and it could work. Just thinking aloud
  13. iamthekiller macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2010
    Please, stop. This is a terrible, terrible idea.
  14. TechJunky macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2008
    This is the close minded crap that leads to apple controlling everything. Do you have any idea how many apps on Cydia I would consider "stupid"? Jailbreaking doesn't have a bad name. The point is that you're free to think outside of the box, and do whatever you want with your phone, regardless of other people's opinion.

    I thought it was an interesting idea, and could give the appearance of a see-through phone if implemented right.
  15. drewc1138 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    This is the stupid kind of post that gives forum-goers a bad name.
  16. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009
    vwallpaper hasn't really affected my battery or caused any lagging.... are yall using an iphone 4?
  17. this is funah macrumors 6502

    this is funah

    Oct 13, 2005
    Berlin, Germany
    just like the current mobilesubstrate!
  18. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    vwallpaper doesn't seem to affect my battery (at least, am not seeing any real difference with it on or off).

    i just wind up leaving it off; it gets boring after a while to be amused by moving wallpaper... :rolleyes:

    love the live feed idea (but would turn that off after a while too...)
  19. lyhte thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    I have zero skills in creating apps. Who would I contact to present this idea?
  20. kAoTiX macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    You could try by contacting the author of vwallpaper. I think this is a nice idea and don't see why anyone should shoot you down for it. Like others have said, this is what jailbreaking is for.

    The way I see it, if vwallpaper can take a video and play it, then maybe it is running an app below the icons? If so, could you not run a camera capture app behind the icons. I don't really know how vwallpaper works but it's one avenue to investigate.

    I hope you keep this updated if you do find any more information.

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