by ryan on October 17, 2011
Flux (or F.lux) is used to adjust the display of your monitors in either linux, windows, mac os and even iPhones so that the color that is displayed is compatible with our biological systems so that we may go to sleep on time! I use F.lux on my Ubuntu machine hooked up to my television and all my other computers as well.
The natural light rhythms that our bodies use to regulate hormones help to induce sleep at the proper time. Working on computers or any type of lit screen or even in certain lighting environments at nighttime can interrupt to body’s natural circadian rhythm and make it very hard to have a beneficial sleep cycle.
From the Flux website
F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.
So naturally when I got used to using F.lux I wanted a version to allow me to use my Android phone without possibly negating the effects of bothering to use F.lux on my other machines.
Enter Cyanogenmod, the Android warranty voiding aftermarket firmware for cell phones, and even now the HP Tablet among other tablets.
Among the bevvy of features (I really like the Incognito Mode on the Droid! As Well as OpenVPN support, more on that later), supported devices and awesome community lies this little feature called Render FX (or Render Effects). Originally designed to save battery I have used certain of the Render FX modes to emulate the same softness that Flux brings to the computer. I am not certain if this functionality is available outside of CyanogenMod, but anyone looking for the same type of features will have to make due with this or leave a comment here and let me know of any alternatives!
So here are some screenshots of all the different render effects on my phone with CyanogenMod 7.1 at the moment.