9 GREAT Ideas for Android

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9 GREAT Ideas for Android

Postby hugo » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:59 pm

Hi,

after thinking a little about android and new handsets, I came up with the following ideas for applications. If you are a developer and like an idea, go for it!

1) Handset Theft Monitoring

- This application sends the GPS-position of the device up to an internet portal. The last 2/4/6/24 hours are recorded. In case of a theft of the device, you can view where it was stolen and where the device is/was.


2) Emergency Call (inkl. Video & Audio)

- This is an application that you activate before you might get into an emergency situation (i.e. before walking alone through a tunnel). Then you have to press a button (or a finger on the screen...) and as soon as you lift the finger from that button/screen, the device will send an emergency call to a friend/the police and send the current position, sound and video to another device or to an internet portal.

3) Geo Profile (similar to Locale by Clare Bayley, Carter Jernigan, Christina Wright, Jasper
Lin)
-Call Filter

White list/ Black list certain contacts from contacting you via (phone / VoIP / IM / SMS) depending on your current location.

-Ring tone

Set the ring tone depending on your current location and the person calling.

-Individual message for answering machine

Set an individual message for different locations.

-Messaging status

Set the messaging status automatically, depending on your current location.


4) Display Location when calling


- This application would be started everytime there is an incoming call. If another android user is calling, then the other phone could transfer the current position (or situation, like "at work" or "at home",...) to the phone being called. That way, the incoming call could be announced as "Girlfriend calling from work".


5) Tool to announce arrival

- This application would be activated by a calendar entry, showing that the phone user has an appointment somewhere (i.e. meeting friends in a town 2 hours away). The application would track the phones position and register that the user is on his way to the appointment (by checking if the user is following the route of google maps to the destination). The phone would keep a status of whether the phone owner will arrive on time or be late. As soon as the user is on his way, the people being visited can check anytime if their friend will arrive on time (communication between the devices via a webpage or IM).

6) 24h tracking

- This application would track your positions constantly and save them on a well secured webpage. That way you can later go back to a specific day and find out where you were or view the pictures you took that day and follow the street where you took them. You could add text to certain time stamps or locations and keep a "log" of your life.

7) Product Wiki (similar to AndroidScan by Jeffrey Sharkey)
This application would require as input a unique identifyer of a product, i.e. an EAN Number/barcode. This would be used to lookup information about the product/the producing company on a publicly available "product wiki".
The application would then run the items information through your personal filter and return relevant information to the user,i.e.
- the item is produced using child labour
- the item is produced 100% in your home country
- the item contains gene food
- the item contains nuts (which you might be allergic against)
-...

8) Delivery announcement / authorize strangers to localize you

- This application would need to be closely linked to a web service. You would register with your postal address and link it to your account with that service. After that everyone can request, only by providing your postal address, other contact details of you (i.e. Phone number, IM user,...) or send you a message or request.
This could be used to keep your contact's contact details up to date or would be very helpfull for deliverys to your home. The logistics company (i.e. DHL) could ask via your address, if someone will be at home between 11am and 1 pm. This way the routes could be optimized, you would get your shipment quicker and the logistics company saves cost.


9) Swich connection dynamically

If two users try to contact each other, the phones could check in the background (via am IM connection for example) the preferred contact channel. So when you try to call a friend, the phones could automatically switch to a SIP/VoIP Connection, if both are in reach of a WiFi network, or the IM client could pop up, because the called person is in a meeting, not able to take the phone.
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Postby Gurbuh » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:08 pm

You seem to really have put some thought into this. Nice ideas.
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Re: 9 GREAT Ideas for Android

Postby Anonymous » Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:01 pm

hugo wrote:2) Emergency Call (inkl. Video & Audio)

- This is an application that you activate before you might get into an emergency situation (i.e. before walking alone through a tunnel). Then you have to press a button (or a finger on the screen...) and as soon as you lift the finger from that button/screen, the device will send an emergency call to a friend/the police and send the current position, sound and video to another device or to an internet portal.


Honestly I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this one. I mean, honestly it sounds like a bomb detonator...lol, and if your going to be that paranoid why don't you just call a friend and say, "hey I'm walking through a tunnel don't hang up."

other then that I like the rest of your list.
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Postby haden » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:52 am

Some interesting ideas here. But you must realise that having your GPS turned on and firing requests ever so often is going to drain your battery.

Some of this applications have already bean made by the way..
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Re: 9 GREAT Ideas for Android

Postby Houseonfire » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:06 am

Anonymous wrote:
hugo wrote:2) Emergency Call (inkl. Video & Audio)

- This is an application that you activate before you might get into an emergency situation (i.e. before walking alone through a tunnel). Then you have to press a button (or a finger on the screen...) and as soon as you lift the finger from that button/screen, the device will send an emergency call to a friend/the police and send the current position, sound and video to another device or to an internet portal.


Honestly I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this one. I mean, honestly it sounds like a bomb detonator...lol, and if your going to be that paranoid why don't you just call a friend and say, "hey I'm walking through a tunnel don't hang up."

other then that I like the rest of your list.


Sounds like a dead mans switch.

What about when you exit the tunnel? You let go and make the call anyway.
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Re: 9 GREAT Ideas for Android

Postby Anonymous » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:03 pm

Houseonfire wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
hugo wrote:2) Emergency Call (inkl. Video & Audio)

- This is an application that you activate before you might get into an emergency situation (i.e. before walking alone through a tunnel). Then you have to press a button (or a finger on the screen...) and as soon as you lift the finger from that button/screen, the device will send an emergency call to a friend/the police and send the current position, sound and video to another device or to an internet portal.


Honestly I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this one. I mean, honestly it sounds like a bomb detonator...lol, and if your going to be that paranoid why don't you just call a friend and say, "hey I'm walking through a tunnel don't hang up."

other then that I like the rest of your list.


What about when you exit the tunnel? You let go and make the call anyway.


Besides, what if you don't get a signal in that tunnel? ;)
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Postby Frink » Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:33 pm

For #1, the theft monitoring thing.


Look for "GPS Tracker" on the market. It tracks your position and updates as frequently as you set it. You can also activate it by sending an SMS.


It logs your position to instamapper.com, you can find where it is now, where it was at whatever time, and it uses google maps to make a nice map of where you've been since you installed it :)


And best of all.


Totally free!
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Re: 9 GREAT Ideas for Android

Postby mad.dogg » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:17 pm

Anonymous wrote:
Houseonfire wrote:
Anonymous wrote:[quote="hugo"]2) Emergency Call (inkl. Video & Audio)

- This is an application that you activate before you might get into an emergency situation (i.e. before walking alone through a tunnel). Then you have to press a button (or a finger on the screen...) and as soon as you lift the finger from that button/screen, the device will send an emergency call to a friend/the police and send the current position, sound and video to another device or to an internet portal.


Honestly I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this one. I mean, honestly it sounds like a bomb detonator...lol, and if your going to be that paranoid why don't you just call a friend and say, "hey I'm walking through a tunnel don't hang up."

other then that I like the rest of your list.


What about when you exit the tunnel? You let go and make the call anyway.


Besides, what if you don't get a signal in that tunnel? ;)[/quote]

Actually the idea is not bad, why did you go with the tunnel example anyway, why don't you go through the ghetto a few times and check if something happens will you have the time to dial some shit...
This actually is a trick, that the taxi drivers do when there is some potential problem with a drunk customer or some other idiot.
Anyway "nice" feedback.

And it is really nice that someone is actually sharing ideas. Thanks dude!
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love 24h tracking!

Postby Dan.droid » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:48 pm

this 24h tracking is such a nice idea.. but using GPS for this stuff would suck off your battery :(
however it is getting more realistic, since the new SiRFstarIV was introduced.

To take care of your battery you could also do this stuff manually using your GPS signal only each hour(or just by choosing the moment on your own) and adding a radius to that signal...
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Postby Frink » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:58 pm

GPS can be enabled, but no extra power will actually be used unless your reading data from it. It's WiFi that does that, constantly looking for nearby access points.

GPS Tracker lets you set an interval (from seconds to hours) on how often it reads it, I haven't noticed any loss in battery life :)
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