Project Proposal: Dead man's switch

Ken Restivo ken at
Tue Jul 22 00:05:13 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 10:05:55PM +0200, =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Diego_Fern=E1ndez_Dur=E1n_ wrote:
> Hi all,
>  Sorry, a week of sinusitis[1] is the cause of this crazy idea. 
>  What do you think about a little app that works as dead man's switch[2]
> (DMS since now) in the FR? It can have the following features:
> 	- Trigger an alarm if you don't touch the screen before the countdown
> ends. Countdown can restart on touch.
> 	- Alarm can trigger different actions:
> 		* Call a number (112, 911, mum :) )
> 		* Ring/Vibrate
> 		* Execute a command
> 	- Use a voice synthesizer (festival) to talk and give GPS coordinates
> (or location associated with coords [note]).
>  I would be interested in the development, and I can begin it myself
> but: As I understand would be better if it's developed using ETK and
> FSO.
> 	- Where can I get ETK and FSO doc?
> 	- Is there any interface guidelines?
> 	- How can I show the menus in the bottom and top of the screen (like
> Illume does)? There is any Openmoko toolkit over ETK to do this?
>  Comments on this "thing" will be appreciated. (and sorry for my bad
> english).
>  -- Diego.
>  [note] Would be useful some kind of system wide human-readable
> locations associated with GPS coordinates (or and area centered in a GPS
> coordinates). The DMS, GPS located notes, GPS located profiles (sound,
> dim & lock, scream-if-I'm-locked-and-anybody-catches-me) could use it
> too. 
>  [1]
>  [2]

I wouldn't have any need for such a feature, but it should be very easy to implement in a few lines of Python.


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