Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Smart Clock Location-Aware Clock Project

Please use the comments section of this post to discuss the "Smart Clock" location-aware clock project proposal.

6 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

This project sounds like a lot of fun, and it's certainly near and dear to Motorola's heart. Check out this article (posted earlier to the blog):

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5201273

It's a great idea, and your plans to implement it sound good. As I said in class, I'd think about other ways of sensing presence -- AIM away messages, email checking, etc. I liked your idea about sensing other peoples' presence as a way of establishing location. I'd also see if I could reduce the dependence on GPS -- since it takes 2 minutes to get the first fix, it's not practical in many situations.

I like the concept, and the presentation was well thought out.

2:39 AM  
Blogger Chandan Das said...

I'm going to put the same thing that I put for the Meeting program for my overall reaction:

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.

Again, there are GPS concerns:
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.

I feel like you should combine with the meeting minder group and maybe form a collaborative effort to release a time management package for the phone. Its a cool concept and a lot of people are just waiting for the next big thing to come up that will make their lives easier.

6:46 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 cannot receive WiFi (802.11).

10:55 AM  
Blogger Gerardo said...

This is something i think could be standard on every phone/PDA/electronic calendar I would definetely use this as it would help me not have to forget to turn my phone on/off during and after class. It would also save me a lot of trouble by helping me answer calls after I get out of class (I get a lot of missed calls and angry people because I forgot to turn the phone on after class). Since GPS is not very reliable I would do something simpler and use timers for items that are already in the calendar (eg. meetings, class, etc.) of course not having GPS would mean having to put your whole life in the calendar which I think isn's anyones idea of fun.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Justin Holland said...

Great idea, too bad the GPS locator sucks on the phone (sorry Dan). As for most of these projects it is going to be important to see how accurate cell id can really be.

6:20 PM  

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