Monday, February 13, 2006

Polite Phones

Take a look at one of today's Slashdot posts. The post is a pointer to an article on NPR's website detailing how researchers are looking into more "polite" mobile phones. Here's a link directly to the article it sites. From the story:

Larry Marturano doesn't want his cell phone to ring when he's sitting in church. Luckily, his phone has a built-in calendar, and he can program his phone so that it won't ring at certain times of the day. He's told it to always be respectfully silent on Sunday mornings, so it won't interrupt the sermon.

The article goes on to describe what Motorola and Carnegie Mellon University are doing to account for similar situations. Coincidentally, Larry Marturano heads the Motorola Research group in which Frank works. He is also responsible for approving Frank's request for phones for the class. Thank you, Larry! :-)

3 Comments:

Blogger Eric Forrest said...

I was looking through the features that the A780 has, and when scheduling meetings, appointments, etc. on the calendar, it allows you to select if you are "busy" during the time frame. Does this mean that the phone will be silent if someone calls you?

11:02 PM  
Blogger Casey Adkisson said...

This was similar to the idea I had, although I think if it could be done by location rather than time it would be better because it would know when you arrived and left and you wouldnt have to deal with guessing when you will be arriving/leaving.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Jake Muhleman said...

Related to this is the question of battery life. I know that Frank had said in class that it takes about a min an a half to get an original GPS fix and then it would be updated much more frequently. Would it use up too much battery life to have the GPS running all of the time or would we need to build in a perameter to have it turn on and off at certain times?

7:27 PM  

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