This could allow a third-party market to spring up that would be much
better at fixing the very annoying usability problems that all phones
had that I've ever owned ... A bit like you can choose from different
window managers and default configurations through Linux distributions
and installation alternatives on the PC -- "anybody can play" and
built their own distro.
[This may be a very "boring" step, but it would be an incredible
enabler of innovations, including for the new features that are dear
to your heart ... and mine for that matter]
It would need a stealth mode similar to IM services, so that when you wanted
to be anonymous or unavailable, you could do so.
A phone? Why would I want a phone any more than an email machine or the old HP Workslate (a spreadsheet machine).
Just give me a pocketable generic computer with a haptic interface and I'll probably run a telephony app on it. But you might not recognize it as a phone -- especially if I implant audio transducers. Of course I'd also want one on my wrist so I can use it as a display surface. But then I’ve already written about this in Rush Hour 1997 – OK, so it was twenty years ago and the future ain’t want it used to be.
Why would I want children or a phone company telling me how to communicate? That would be stupid. I already wrote my own WM app to track locations of my friends -- OK, I did a prototype though not a production version but it's a pretty simple app -- too bad all that Mashup stuff is confined to big lumbering desktop PCs because there's no market for small generic computing devices -- yet.
Within the constraints of size, weight, and battery life, we are trying
to do just what you say: Create the hardware platform, open source
everything, and get out of the way.
Bob: Your answer is great. It's not a phone that does other things, it's
a generic computer that does many things, including being a phone.
Lee, thanks for starting this conversation. I'm still thinking of my
answer, but I think Bob and Johannes have captured the spirit of what I
Johannes Ernst wrote:
> I think Bob says the same thing I said in different words. Give us
> incredibly powerful hardware (perhaps in many different configurations
> so we can pick and choose) and let others provide the software (such as
> On 2008/02/25, at 7:44 PM, Bob Frankston wrote:
>> A phone? Why would I want a phone any more than an email machine or
>> the old HP Workslate (a spreadsheet machine).
>> Just give me a pocketable generic computer with a haptic interface and
>> I'll probably run a telephony app on it. But you might not recognize
>> it as a phone -- especially if I implant audio transducers. Of course
>> I'd also want one on my wrist so I can use it as a display surface.
>> But then I’ve already written about this in Rush Hour 1997
>> <http://www.frankston.com/?name=RushHour1997> – OK, so it was twenty
> Johannes Ernst
> NetMesh Inc.
I can put in on my entrepreneur hat and figure out hacks but I'd rather
focus on enabling far more than a few hacks, especially when they take
advantage of such accidental properties of a corrupt system. By corrupt I
mean one that, as with SMS uses far more bits to bill than for the actual
message but is worth billing for because they bill can be high enough to
cover the only cost -- billing. That's corrupt.
I know mine doesn't!
Conceptually, I think this kind of technology is fantastic. There was
someone at ClueCon a few years back that had a java app that used the GPS
built into the phone with Google Maps which did something similar.
Here is some more needed features of our dream phone......
MIR3 is currently working
with a company that has a great "location-based notification" system called
Square Loop. http://www.squareloop.com/ . The reason we are support their technology is that they
do not require the provider or others to invade personnel info by offering
geo-mapping and location sensitive notifications on a voluntary 'opt-in"
basis. The scenario I use is let's say I was in Grand Central Station
yesterday, but Lee was not. Today, a notification goes out to warn
everyone that a case of avian flu was detected in a person also in Grand Central
Via the Square Loop and MIR3 system, my phone and the network have enough intelligence to deliver this key notification to me because it effects me, Lee's phone is smart enough to know that it does not effect Lee, he will not be bothered with the notification. This is a important means to allow geo-sensitive intelligence while maintaining some amount of personnel privacy. I look at this type of escalating intelligence as the needed value-add to future mobile communications devices.
As some of you may know, I will
be speaking on the topic of multi-modal messaging, which we are highly involved
in. I will touch on the social networking aspects on multi-modal
communications. Stated succinctly, I contend that the multi-function of
iPhone-like devices is just a starting point, we need to escalate not only
multi-functionality, but also elevate the self-adjustable and
adaptable intelligence of these devices......
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But it must not a phone – something that requires a billing relationship. If my life depends upon it it should be infrastructure. My life is more than just a billable event.
One of the ideas I included is networked video out, similar to this
comment from The Dean about wanting to view phone output on TV. I
think TV's and projectors will add WiFi and a protocol for high
quality local video streaming from laptops and "converged pocket
mobile devices with real operating systems" (which I call mobile
More on BIL at http://www.bilconference.com
Bundle plan? That’s still in the billable event sphere. There’s a big difference between an unlimited ticket on the railroad and my buying a Hummer or Land Rover so I can drive where I want. The point about Internet connectivity is that I can use the same protocols to do monitoring on a boat in the middle of the ocean as I can in the middle of a city.
Conversations include various forms of presence/location indication,
instant/SMS messaging, email, social-nets, voice and video, and are
inherently many to many.
Look at the feature set and usage patterns of tools like Skype to see
the trend. Turn on a skype video call with someone and just leave it
on for a few hours in the background, no need to actually talk all the
time. I've done this with my wife when I'm staying away from home.
Think about a portable always-on full featured copy of Skype in your
pocket, broadcasting your presence, location, ambience (local sounds)
and video of your surroundings. Think of kids growing up with that
capability and their ability to manage and filter presence streams.
How about having your partner's presence running in your background
all the time, intimately binding you together. It may creep you out,
but give some teenagers that capability and you will see a new breed
Simple, but stunning.
if anyone wants, I will try and dig out the URL.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee Dryburgh" <dryb...@gmail.com>
Sent: 01 March 2008 19:30:15 o'clock (GMT) Europe/London
Subject: [eComm.General] Re: What would your perfect phone be?
I want, for example, to interpose my own software assistant between me and
sites. Web 2.0 is poised to be an utter disaster in bringing us back to the
days before screen scraping when I had to manually interact with every site.
In this example I would like to mix in seat guru.
The end of the demo was pure fraud -- he gave a really bad example of what
would happen if it listed every seat but then he said that he chose what
information. No -- it was carefully staged and does not generalize because
it's all defined by a service provider.
And in the end he called a live agent because, well, dagnabit, it's he had
to speak to the man behind the curtain.
Sent from my iPhone
On Mar 1, 2008, at 22:12, "Bob Frankston"
Obviously I said it that way for dramatic effect but I’m also concerned. I screen scrape to get my financial data because the downloadable information is far less rich. But even now I have to struggle to get things like check images and PDF files. Of course it doesn't help that the data is presented as unlinked transactions with no documentation on how to map the information to the statement presentation and much information is omitted.
But it's worse when I want to get billing data -- I often encounter perverse code that seems to be there simply to frustrate me. For example if I want to login to get my Verizon bill I find that if I click "sign in" after filling in fields it goes blank -- I have to enter the data from the keyboard instead.
What I want are the sites to be constructed with APIs that let me do everything the user interface providers. I also want standard APIs for billing information -- there was once hope for this in attempting to define XML formats but they went anal -- the problem of people wanting standards before implementations instead of allowing learning.
But instead of getting APIs we're now getting glitz aimed at eyeballs. Imagine if you all you got were bitmaps instead of text -- the kind you see when you need to prove you’re a human in order to recognize a series of distorted letters.
This is what was striking about the airline demo – it was a very smart server but no hint of being able to do the reservation using your own application or even mash-ups. I like mash-ups though they tend to be tethered to providers— read the ToS or try to use the maps I your own apps a PDA (with or without phone functionality).
BTW, Mike Dertouzos used the airline demo to show why computers should be smarter than we are and pander to us.
This is also at the heart of the NN (Network Neutrality) debate. Comcast wants to tune their network to meet their presumed idea of what the user needs rather than just providing enabling technology. We see with CellCos too – just saw feature in the Boston Globe about how Nokia is trying to intuit the innermost needs of customers to sell a lot more phones. That’s OK – as long as I can build my own. But there is no value in generic – the value is in creating solutions.
That’s the point of http://www.frankston.com/?name=AssuringScarcity as the carriers try to make sure they own the value and prevent the users from doing so.
I realize I forgot to mention that my phone started play music. Apparently if my PC sees an SD it (or the people who provided the OS) cannot imagine that an SD is anything but a repository for music so the media player automatically discourages it’s guts upon any surface it finds unless you prevent it. This is extreme anti-social behavior.
But it does remind me that we’ve been talking about phones and nothing but phones. If I do want to listen it’s more likely I want to listen to NPR and/or a podcast—very similar except NPR makes an arbitrary choice for me and permits conversations. Why isn’t it easier to do that and, in fact, why aren’t we talking about replacing radios (and their video-enhanced cousins)? Of course I do want to be able to play the audio through other devices like in my car and I also want alternative control surfaces. Too bad Bluetooth killed that marketplace by giving me a silo rather than, like 802.11, merely giving me a transport.