Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Get2Gether Meeting Planning Project

Please use the comments section of this post to discuss the "Get2Gether" meeting planning project proposal.


Blogger Dan said...

I like both aspects of this project -- both the meeting planner and the location finder.

Two things to think about - first, as Frank said, GPS is very, very slow and doesn't work in the shade, much less indoors. You guys might want to treat GPS as a secondary positioning technology, and concentrate on something more reliable (user input, Tower IDs, etc.). Second, can you think of a way to scale the application so that a group of people can all meet at a common location?

One other thing to consider might be the metadata associated with the contact with whom you're initiating a meeting. For a friend, you might have the phone suggest a pub, while for a business associate you could have it suggest a fancy restaurant. Just a though.

Overall, a cool idea and a nice presentation!

2:35 AM  
Blogger Chandan Das said...

I really like the idea, I feel like it'd be something that a lot of people would use, its like a personal assistant in a phone. I could sure use something like that.

My main concerns was the GPS not working inside and taking a long time to acquire a signal. I'd suggest you change the location format indoors to track wifi signals. I know every wifi box has a unique identifier, at least within MIT, and most corporations i've dealt with. Using this signal could resolve your location to within a certain hallway in a particular building instead of just somewhere on campus.

Another thing that comes up is the way you're going to tag places. I feel like making the whole location tagging feature into a user updatable database would be a really cool idea. You could use open source wiki php code. Since people are going to invite each other places, they definitely have a vested interest in putting all the places they frequent into the database. It'd save you a lot of time as well.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Dmitry said...

not so sure whether the A780 can pick up wi-fi signals?

5:00 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sorry, but the A780 can not pick up WiFi (802.11) signals.

10:54 AM  
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7:06 PM  
Blogger philipp reist said...

I really liked your presentation. The role play was an excellent intro to your presentation as it really caught the audience (or at least me).

I think it's a good idea to handle privacy the way you do. This is a very important aspect for all other projects, too.

If you could include the GoogleEarth API in your application, this would be great. As I am new to the city of Boston, I tried to find a thai restaurant the other day and quickly found one in the vicinity of where I lived by checking GoogleEarth.

Maybe you could also include a way to comment a restaurant or a pub. Or allow users to write a review.

I am looking forward to seeing your project develop.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Casey Adkisson said...

This seems like a great idea that so many people would use!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Gerardo said...

This is a great project and a very useful one too. Although I would not use it so much on a daily/regular basis I would definetely use it if I were traveling or trying to set up a meeting with someone from out of town. One quieck note: Maybe GPS is not really required to make this work, you could input your location manually which would probably be faster, more reliable, and conserve battery. The one thing GPS would be really useful is for tracking your progress while getting to the meeting place since it would tell you were you are when you don't recognize your surroundings.

2:01 AM  
Blogger Jake Muhleman said...

If you guys end up using GPS, would you like to work together on trying to get a program to incorporate the GPS functionality of the phone?

3:58 PM  

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