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Date:	Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:54:21 +0000
From:	"Tirdea, Irina" <irina.tirdea@...el.com>
To:	Jonathan Cameron <jic23@...nel.org>
CC:	"Baluta, Daniel" <daniel.baluta@...el.com>,
	"linux-iio@...r.kernel.org" <linux-iio@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: RE: [RFC PATCH 4/8] iio: core: Introduce pedometer STEP counter
 modifier



> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-iio-owner@...r.kernel.org [mailto:linux-iio-owner@...r.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Cameron
> On October 6, 2014 2:50:13 PM GMT+01:00, "Tirdea, Irina" <irina.tirdea@...el.com> wrote:
> >> From: Jonathan Cameron [mailto:jic23@...nel.org]
> >> On 02/10/14 14:43, Daniel Baluta wrote:
> >> > From: Irina Tirdea <irina.tirdea@...el.com>
> >> >
> >> > One of the functionalities of a pedometer is a step counter.
> >> > The step counter needs to be enabled and then it will count the
> >steps
> >> > in its hardware register. Whenever the applications need to check
> >> > the step count, they will read the step counter register.
> >> >
> >> > To support this functionality we need a steps attribute that
> >> > will export the number of steps.
> >> >
> >> I'm not keen on multiplexing different types of data onto a single
> >activity type.
> >> Steps is well enough defined on it's own to have it's own channel
> >type.
> >>
> >> in_steps_input would be fine by me.  I suppose steps might mean
> >something else
> >> though...
> >>
> >
> >Hi Jonathan,
> >
> >Thanks for the review.
> >
> >Moving the pedometer part to a new type sounds good to me.
> >However, I would prefer to add a new type called pedometer and keep
> >steps as a modifier, generating names like in_ped_steps_input for the
> >attribute and in_ped_steps_instance_en for the event.
> >The reason for this is that for supporting Freescale's MMA9553L we will
> >need additional attributes (distance, speed, calories, height, weight)
> >that we can add as modifiers to this pedometer type. To keep things
> >simple, I did not add these additional attributes to the RFC series,
> >but I could do that if you think it would be useful. For this device,
> >the motion events (walking, running, jogging, still) also depend on the
> >height attribute being set, but we intend to deal with this dependency
> >in the driver (using the pedometer's height attribute).
> >
> >What do you think?
> I think I would rather each of these was included as a type rather than a modifier.
> There are lots of other ways to measure speed for starters and often user space
> won't care where it comes from...
> 
> In_speed_raw etc...
> 
> Trick where possible is to think about what is measured rather than how. Tends to give
>  more consistent interfaces.

That makes sense. Will do the changes and also add one of these other types in v2.

Thanks,
Irina

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