Where Responsive Design Encapsulates Environmental Factors
This takes responsive web design to the device level, using the light sensor of a device to tell developers more about the current environment. My little Kindle doesn't have a light sensor, so I wouldn't expect a result but my newest phones have camera technology sensors built in that make the phone's flashlight function work better than the crude sensitivity levels of earlier models. In a more sophisticated world, one conceptualised by Tim Wright, the Ambient Light Sensor API would capture light level through an event called
This API would return values in lux units (
lx), giving an international measurement of light intensity and then perhaps causing better device-level support for text background colour or device illumination. This would be responsive web design for enhanced e-reading. Armed with light sensor information, developers could adjust color values, typefonts and screen flicker to optimise the on-screen reading experience.
Tim Wright -- "Environmental Design with the Device API" on A List Apart, February 12, 2013.
Bernie Goldbach teaches emerging technologies in the Limerick Institute of Technology.