Contextual awareness on mobile apps

15 Jul 2008 - 1:36pm
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DanP
2006

I've been watching the growth of contextual awareness in mobile apps
recently.... There are several GPS, positionally aware apps... but I
wonder where else this contextual awareness can go? What else do
people want to know about their social networks beyond location
awareness? Events and shared interests are well traveled... In
general, the more (reliably) connected mobile devices become the more
opportunity for contextual awareness of the world around me... but how?

Best,
-Dan

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Industrial..Interaction Design
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, California
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15 Jul 2008 - 3:01pm
Bryan J Busch
2006

Dan,

Did you see the mobile version of OmniFocus? From their intro page
(http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnifocus/iphone/):

%u201CUsing your location, OmniFocus can create a custom list of
actions to complete nearby. Buying groceries? OmniFocus can show you
the closest grocery store and create an instant shopping list.%u201D

In fact, I just now noticed that it can run standalone on the iPhone
(not needing to sync with my Mac at home), so I'm going to pay for
it right now and see how things go.

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16 Jul 2008 - 1:53am
DanP
2006

Thanks Bryan, I'll check it out. I'll also be on the lookout for
other contextual apps - I'm just fascinated with this concept...

Best,
-Dan

On Jul 15, 2008, at 1:01 PM, Bryan J Busch wrote:

> Dan,
>
> Did you see the mobile version of OmniFocus? From their intro page
> (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnifocus/iphone/):
>
> %u201CUsing your location, OmniFocus can create a custom list of
> actions to complete nearby. Buying groceries? OmniFocus can show you
> the closest grocery store and create an instant shopping list.%u201D
>
> In fact, I just now noticed that it can run standalone on the iPhone
> (not needing to sync with my Mac at home), so I'm going to pay for
> it right now and see how things go.
>
>
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16 Jul 2008 - 2:34am
Andre Charland
2008

Ya there's a lot going on in the location aware space right. I've
been watching it very closely and it's getting really exciting. Brady
Forrest has a great overview of some of the most recent new location
aware apps out for the iPhone here:

http://radar.oreilly.com/2008/07/iphone-location-aware-apps.html

Anyone else have some cool resources like this?

The biggest barrier I can see at this point is that there is no common
platform which is a huge problem for users to add friends and huge
financial barrier for developers.

Andre.

On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 11:53 PM, dnp607 <dnp607 at pacbell.net> wrote:
> Thanks Bryan, I'll check it out. I'll also be on the lookout for other
> contextual apps - I'm just fascinated with this concept...
>
> Best,
> -Dan
>
> On Jul 15, 2008, at 1:01 PM, Bryan J Busch wrote:
>
>> Dan,
>>
>> Did you see the mobile version of OmniFocus? From their intro page
>> (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnifocus/iphone/):
>>
>> %u201CUsing your location, OmniFocus can create a custom list of
>> actions to complete nearby. Buying groceries? OmniFocus can show you
>> the closest grocery store and create an instant shopping list.%u201D
>>
>> In fact, I just now noticed that it can run standalone on the iPhone
>> (not needing to sync with my Mac at home), so I'm going to pay for
>> it right now and see how things go.
>>
>>
>> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>> Posted from the new ixda.org
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=31360
>>
>>
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16 Jul 2008 - 8:28am
Barbara Ballard
2005

User error ...

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From: Barbara Ballard <bballa01 at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 13:46:55 -0500
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Contextual awareness on mobile apps
To: dnp607 <dnp607 at pacbell.net>

On Jul 15, 2008, at 1:36 p, dnp607 wrote:

> I've been watching the growth of contextual awareness in mobile apps
> recently.... There are several GPS, positionally aware apps... but I
> wonder where else this contextual awareness can go? What else do
> people want to know about their social networks beyond location
> awareness? Events and shared interests are well traveled... In
> general, the more (reliably) connected mobile devices become the
> more opportunity for contextual awareness of the world around me...
> but how?

We have been writing about context, including interviewing two of the
speakers at the Design For Mobile conference (shameless plug!!) who
are speaking on the topic.

Blog entries on context:
http://www.littlespringsdesign.com/blog/blog/category/context/

Design For Mobile conference, including several IxDA participants as
speakers:
http://design4mobile.mobi/

Barbara Ballard
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com

See us at Design For Mobile 22-24 September http://design4mobile.mobi/

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16 Jul 2008 - 11:28am
Karri Ojanen
2008

There's GyPSii, which has been around for a little while now, and is
available for Nokia smartphones, the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows
Mobile.
http://www.gypsii.com/

Currently it's mostly just about location awareness (geotag photos,
videos; see where your GyPSii friends are; explore services around
you; etc), but is set to expand to OmniFocus-like functionality in
the future I think.

More info:
http://corporate.gypsii.com/
http://conceptoblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/now-go-gypsii.html

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Karri Ojanen
Information Architecture / UXD
Publicis Modem Toronto

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16 Jul 2008 - 2:16pm
Michael Andrews
2008

Jaiku, now owned by Google, has presence based indictors, which like
IM lets users broadcast their availability and see the availability
of their contacts.

While GPS has got most attention with location based services, there
has been much exploration of short range communication of
availability and interests through Bluetooth.

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17 Jul 2008 - 10:17pm
Sherwin
2008

http://www.podmo.com/ is a Bluetooth based contextually aware network.
Good thing about Bluetooth: Will work just about anywhere with nodes,
which is also the biggest down-side. The people in Podmo have managed
to get the most popular coffee franchise in Adelaide to hop on the
bandwagon and set up posts in all their outlets. This provides good
cover in areas of the city where these cafes are.

GPS while being the most accurate and widely available means of
contextual awareness still seems to face some reliability issues on
phones.

Nokias have A-GPS, which means that phones triangulate a general
location and connect to a server via the phone's internet to get a
list of the closest satellites to connect to. This is great, but then
it won't be able to connect in areas where there is no reception, and
I've found this to be Nokia centric. I've got a Samsung i550w with
GPS, but I'm unable to use Nokia's location service.

This might be changing and it seems most people are happy with the
GPS on the new iPhone and I am confident that with convergence
rolling more of our devices together, the day will come soon that GPS
on phones is the norm. Nokia is already including geotagging into some
of their newer model phones.

People are demanding more and more from their mobile apps, and
contextual awareness it would seem is the way to go.

I agree that one of the biggest issues with such applications is
cross platform compatiblity. Where I'm working we've been thinking
about how to go about building a mobile app for our purposes, but
because we're a small crew we find it's difficult for us to commit
to one platform.

It would seem however, that J2ME would appear to be closest to being
the most widely accepted platform to work off but then the problem is
that it isn't supported by the iPhone (yet) which will likely bring
in the highest number of users.

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