I have already mentioned that LCD streetlights and stoplights make sense and I've heard from a few people close to the technology who have explained various aspects of why this technology isn't moving faster.
Here comes another one. Sony Ericsson has some rather cool and rather obvious ideas for things cellphones should be able to do:
Sony Ericsson’s latest idea is to sell phones which automatically change the way they behave, depending on the time, date and place, reports New Scientist.
'For example, the wallpaper display on the screen shows pumpkins when the phone’s calendar sees the date is Halloween, and Christmas puddings on December 25th. Network roaming, or GPS, can tell a phone what country it is in, so the ring-tone might change to a reggae tune as the plane touches down in Jamaica, for example.
A restaurant could use short-range Bluetooth signals to deliver the specials menu direct to the phone's screen, and a cinema or church could use Bluetooth to switch it to silent mode. Stockbrokers could enable an option to display the latest share prices every 10 minutes and golfers could use continually updated weather forecasts for wallpaper.
Priority coding lets some automated controls override user settings.'
Read the location-aware cellphone patent here.
I certainly want an intelligent cellphone that knows where 'we' are and how best to let me know when it needs my attention. Is it just me or does this seem like this is a no brainer. The problem is just how carriers will squeeze revenue out of these features. Will they understand that better behaved cellphones are good for their bottom line or will they see these as added 'features' for which they have to charge a premium. Time will tell.
[Textually: A Location Aware Cellphone]
(Via Thinking.)Obvious Cellphone Innovation