The Google Creative Labs team has delivered us all a few interesting apps over the last year or so. They brought us Photowall for Chromecast, Tunnel Vision and Lip Swap. Many of them are all a bit off the wall, but show some cool things that can be created. The latest creation to grace the Play Store from the team is an app called Meter.
Meter takes the live wallpaper concept and makes it a bit more useful in an abstract and colorful way. The wallpaper will display three status options on the background: Battery, Wi-Fi / Signal and notifications. Each of the three with cycle through on every unlock of your device. Assuming you enable all three of course.
The code for the app is open sourced so other developers can take it and make even more real-time live wallpapers for the public, or personal, use. One could set it up to display app usage or just missed calls.
The video above is of the battery meter application. The ball is mostly for play, but the smaller it gets, the less power you have available on your device. Same goes for the triangle, the signal level plays well with the gyroscope to give you something to goof off with when sitting idle.
This data-driven live wallpaper displays the battery level, wireless signal and number of notifications of your device in a simple visualization. It cycles through three visualizations with every unlock, and each wallpaper can be manipulated by tilting and moving the device. This simple ambient display creates a peripheral awareness of your phone’s status over the course of a day.
Feel free to direct yourself to the Play Store to pick up the free app and give it a whirl. You can also check out more about the experiment, get the code and find other cool things in the works at androidexperiments.com