Marketing... aGPS uses

Adam Krikstone krikstone at
Sat Jul 21 04:47:08 CEST 2007

AGPS is where focus needs to be.  This natural (and free) comparative 
advantage needs to be developed to attract new developers and customers.

1. Silent/loud/vibrate depending on location, programmable or based on 
courtesy settings-- max goes silent near schools, libraries, etc.
2. shopping list/reminder if you drive walk by something, walk into 
costco/supermarket weekly sales paper appears
3. Lost phone mode - send a text to your phone, get coordinates back, 
remote change silent to ring mode.
4. Stolen phone mode - broadcast alarm when ever turned on or gives 
location for police.  Remotely retrieve SIM/IEMI/phone book for 
5. Auto sync location dependent - arrive at home wifi/bt turn on and 
attempt to sync, sync when movement is sensed in the morning
6. Neo tracking - family plan able to track users at a distance or 
locally.  Maybe an alert when within wifi range, sms/alert when phone 
deviates from expected location or arrives.
7. Neo ping - wifi/bt in conjunction with accelerometers able to find 
location phones when aGPS is unavailable. short distance
8. Vanilla GPS mapping - POI, trip tip, traffic, follow me, statistics 
of trip (rate of travel, mph...), sight seeing, etc.  aGPS updated via 
SMS/WiFi/GPRS.  Maps cached to SD card.
9. Broadcast - friends want to meet somewhere or where you currently 
are, you can select gps location or current location to broadcast to 
people you select in contacts menu. Maybe mute, end call, and 
accept/send gps buttons while in call.
10. Weather tracker - gives estimate of how long before front/severe 
weather will reach current location. Might give false 
positives/inaccurate time.  Highlight areas that are flooded and map around.
11. Business Phone number ping - gets phone numbers of businesses in 
current location, may also opt for website instead.
12. Coverage mapper - ability to remember when phone loses GSM coverage, 
warn next time about dead spot or have ability for all users to submit 
data to compile more realistic coverage maps
13. Gas prices/Highway driving - calculates best/safest/cheapest rest 
areas or exits for gas.  Able to input car MPG and let neo tell you 
which exits to get off for gas.  Maybe interface with gasbuddy on the 
fly to get the cheapest gas.  Maybe suggest more efficient routes after 
comparing month of driving data.
14. Language/currency/dialing codes - changes as you drive, of course it 
can be locked to your language.  Might help visitors as they travel, 
helpful phrases/translation, current currency conversion--how much, 
normal prices, etc.
15. Crime geocode - warns when entering high crime area, reminds to lock 
doors, etc.
16. WiFi mapper - remembers past locations or finds new ones and where 
coverage ended/began
17. Public transport - sync with train/bus/subway schedule, realtime 
updates or just provide normal times.
18. Panic mode - disables power off switch, dims LCD, and locks keybad, 
dials 911/sends coordinates/emergency number, must have battery removed 
to stop and should give time enough for automated dialing of 
help---might get abused.
19. Sports mode - for runners, bikers, etc.  Follow me, journey 
statistics, pace, laps, etc.
20. Charging patterns - remembers where battery dies, suggests to charge 
when stopped after calculating when/where your neo usually dies after 
last stop.
21. Social - IM, games, etc when near other neos.
22. Adhoc wifi/bt VoIP/PTT connection - GSM disabled when reaching 
certain sites, maybe construction/fleet, phones would only be able to 
VoIP/PTT between phones--limited use and range without AP/repeater

Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> Hello,
> On 7/20/07, Ted Lemon <mellon at> wrote:
>> It speaks to exactly the problem that we will have marketing
>> OpenMoko: how to get Joe and Jane Average to think of the Open in
>> OpenMoko as something they care about.
> Don't do rthat then. As in "don't limit the marketing to only focus on
> the Open part". The Open part will only get to the people who are
> really, interested anyway.
> So how do we get all the Jane's and Joe's hooked then?
> Easy; think up (or "invent" if you like) design and implement at least
> three killer apps (think functionality here) before the phone is
> launched for the masses. Make sure that we have enough feedback so
> these killer apps are so easy to use as possible.
> Oh, and these killer apps must be something new; not seen on a phone 
> before.
> Which means that none of the following will do it (just examples):
> - camera
> - bluetooth headset
> - bluetooth remote control
> (I'm not saying that these should be left out, I'm just saying that
> they aren't killer apps anymore)
> A few things that might work:
> - good GPS functionality
> - getting pictures / other data from another device via bluetooth
> (from your camera for example)
> - a MythTV remote control via WLAN (but MythTV is probably known to
> only a very narrow group)
> And my personal favorite:
> - allow the user to send a message (SMS) to another person which
> inlcludes the users current location as a POI / waypoint. If the other
> user have another phone, he or she will only get a standard SMS
> message. If she or he has a Neo, they can (automatically) loookup that
> location on a map.
> I'm sure you all can think of a few others.

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