Mobile phone - environment interactions?

2 Oct 2008 - 9:20am
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kimbieler
2007

I'm looking for clever example of mobile phones interacting with the
environment, like in a museum or a retail space. I'm thinking of
interactions like pushing information to phones while the person is on-
site, or having them use their phone to make queries or send text
messages to an on-site system. I feel like this has come up on the
list before, but I didn't find anything in the archives.

I'm not sure if this technology would just be a gimmick, or something
that could be made useful and/or fun. Obviously, I'd prefer useful AND
fun.

Thanks!

-- Kim

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2 Oct 2008 - 7:20pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

> I'm looking for clever example of mobile phones interacting with the
> environment, like in a museum or a retail space. I'm thinking of
> interactions like pushing information to phones while the person is on-site,
> or having them use their phone to make queries or send text messages to an
> on-site system. I feel like this has come up on the list before, but I
> didn't find anything in the archives.

This is actually one of my passions regarding mobile. Relevant
technologies are Bluetooth, GPS and other location technologies,
camera, NFC, SMS.

Camera: the Nokia phone that takes a picture of a piece of paper
currency, recognizes what it is, and announces it to the user,
verbally. Ta da! It's now harder for a blind user to be cheated.

Camera: take a picture of a QR code, get info from a web page or MMS.

Camera: take a picture of an arbitrary item, have it recognized (some
startup at CTIA)

Camera: generic text recognition, both for business cards and others.
Want to read the menu in a foreign country?

NFC: tap your phone on the turnstile in the subway; have your account
debited. (Tokyo and London already working)

SMS or web: watch television, interact with it via the mobile.

Bluetooth: file transfer stuff. VML is working with Bluetooth hotspot
advertising.

We tend to write about context a fair amount, and it came up at the
Design For Mobile conference. Check out
http://www.littlespringsdesign.com/blog/blog/category/context/
and
http://www.littlespringsdesign.com/blog/blog/category/conference/

~~~~
Barbara Ballard
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com 1-785-838-3003

2 Oct 2008 - 8:42pm
rseiji
2008

A search for ubiquitous or pervasive computing can bring you intereting
insights and references. Like, IEEE Pervasive Computing:
http://www.computer.org/portal/site/pervasive/

BR,
Ricardo Sato

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 9:20 PM, Barbara Ballard <
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com> wrote:

> > I'm looking for clever example of mobile phones interacting with the
> > environment, like in a museum or a retail space. I'm thinking of
> > interactions like pushing information to phones while the person is
> on-site,
> > or having them use their phone to make queries or send text messages to
> an
> > on-site system. I feel like this has come up on the list before, but I
> > didn't find anything in the archives.
>
> This is actually one of my passions regarding mobile. Relevant
> technologies are Bluetooth, GPS and other location technologies,
> camera, NFC, SMS.
>
> Camera: the Nokia phone that takes a picture of a piece of paper
> currency, recognizes what it is, and announces it to the user,
> verbally. Ta da! It's now harder for a blind user to be cheated.
>
> Camera: take a picture of a QR code, get info from a web page or MMS.
>
> Camera: take a picture of an arbitrary item, have it recognized (some
> startup at CTIA)
>
> Camera: generic text recognition, both for business cards and others.
> Want to read the menu in a foreign country?
>
> NFC: tap your phone on the turnstile in the subway; have your account
> debited. (Tokyo and London already working)
>
> SMS or web: watch television, interact with it via the mobile.
>
> Bluetooth: file transfer stuff. VML is working with Bluetooth hotspot
> advertising.
>
>
> We tend to write about context a fair amount, and it came up at the
> Design For Mobile conference. Check out
> http://www.littlespringsdesign.com/blog/blog/category/context/
> and
> http://www.littlespringsdesign.com/blog/blog/category/conference/
>
> ~~~~
> Barbara Ballard
> barbara at littlespringsdesign.com 1-785-838-3003
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