pj at place.org
Thu Nov 30 19:57:42 CET 2006
I read the thread about a light sensor and think it's really a good
idea for several reasons, not the least of which are that photodiodes
are both simple to interface to and cheap, so the price/performance
tradeoff here if even one or two reallly good applications for it
are found (and several ideas have been presented) is really good.
Thinking about other similar inputs that might also be good, I came
* Temperature sensor - It might be able to figure out if it was in
your pocket vs. in your hand vs. sitting on the desk. Again though,
this is such a simple and cheap thing to add that it could, I think,
be included just on the off chance someone will come up with a great
use for it.
* Motion sensor - lots of potential uses: shake your phone to rapidly
to get to the main menu. Tilt scrolling, and application switching
by tapping the sides of the phone (ala the 'Smackbook Pro' hack at
http://blog.medallia.com/2006/05/smacbook_pro.html). Or maybe it should
scream when you drop it to make sure you know you've dropped it so you
don't leave it behind.
* Consumer-level IR - too late for v1 probably, but maybe v2 ? - useful
not only for docking/interfacing with printers, etc, but also for
turning your phone into the ultimate TV remote :) The Agenda handheld
had this feature and I've heard of people who are using the little thing
for nothing *but* this - they've replaced their pile of remotes with a
(now fairly dated) ~$100 linux palmtop that never loses its IR settings.
* some number of plain old LEDs - useful for message-waiting
indicators (for voicemail, SMS, email, and IM) for example, without
having to power up the display. Bonus points for multi-color LEDs.
Oh, and I was glad to hear there will be vibrate-mode hardware, but what
And is the touch-screen a multitouch type? or single? I've gotten
quite used to the 'point with one finger, scroll with two' features on
my Macbook Pro.
PS: Add my vote for bluetooth.
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