Not just a phone

Michael Shiloh michael at
Mon Jul 7 20:24:02 CEST 2008

Excellent. I look forward to blogging about your setup. Please keep 
me/us informed.

One fun thing to do: send this data to a web server, and plot it (using 
GPS) on a map showing your current consumption as a function of location?

Steven ** wrote:
> I'm hoping to use it not just for in-car navigation, but also data
> readout.  I intend to rig it to display voltage and current in my
> electric car.  I'd like to see someone do that with an iPhone  :-P
> -Steven
> On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 12:29 PM, Michael Shiloh <michael at> wrote:
>> Peter, your email below is the one I've been trying to write for the
>> past few months.
>> Like you, what got me excited about this project was NOT the possibility
>> of building better cellphone applications, but rather the possibility of
>> creating radically new uses for a general purpose, location aware,
>> connected handheld computer.
>> I'd like a phone that syncs seamlessly with Thunderbird and the rest of
>> my Linux workstyle. But what really turns me on is the potential uses
>> that I can't even imagine yet.
>> It is that innovation that I hope to see come out of this community, and
>> I hope that in some way I can help make it happen.
>> Michael
>> Peter Harrison wrote:
>>> I wouldn't focus on the age of the hardware at all.
>>> The real question is whether this will be a hardware platform that
>>> others will be able to build innovation on top of. With phone companies
>>> making available only applications which earn them money you have not
>>> really seen the same kind of innovation that we saw in the PC space in
>>> the early 90's.
>>> It will no doubt be a success in its own right, but what about other
>>> ideas...
>>> * IP phone over Wifi and integrate with Asterisk IP phone systems -
>>> changes to GSM outside the office.
>>> * In car navigation system.
>>> * Low cost taxi fare system.
>>> * Courier driver system that minimizes route time and allows dispatch to
>>> communicate.
>>> * Robotic platform and robotic control
>>> * Hospitals - used by nurses and doctors for prescriptions and
>>> observations as low cost tablet.
>>> The Neo could open up hundreds of vertical market opportunities that the
>>> Telco's currently have no interest in tapping. If you think that the Neo
>>> is simply a different kind of iPhone you are missing the point. Many
>>> applications may use GPRS, but may not even implement phone
>>> functionality. Some may not even use GSM. To me the attraction is that
>>> it has been designed from the ground up to run Linux, and there is a
>>> dedicated team working on the frameworks that will make delivery of
>>> these applications possible.
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