Idea for OpenMoko: Kid Mode

Sam Kome sam.kome at
Wed Jan 24 19:38:00 CET 2007

I like this thread, although I'm not giving my $350 phone to my kids!

Some of the high schools here have really strict rules against kids
getting calls in class. I can understand it, but 1)Sometimes I need to
contact my daughter and 2)She can't always remember how she left the
ringer (on/off)

So how about a button for, "Silence HERE": takes a GPS reading and makes
no sound w/in radius(n) of that location.  

-----Original Message-----
From: community-bounces at
[mailto:community-bounces at] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 1:26 PM
To: Paul Jimenez
Cc: community at
Subject: Re: Idea for OpenMoko: Kid Mode

On Wed, 2007-01-24 at 11:33 -0600, Paul Jimenez wrote:
> How about a locked-down 'kid version' of the UI with touchable
pictures for 'mommy', 'daddy', etc ?  Maybe not even labelled, but just
the pictures?

Nice idea - I see where you're going with this, not making it too
complex.. for slightly older kids though, you could also have an "add
friend" button too, perhaps triggering auto-detection via bluetooth.

Or games which only work at scheduled breaks during the school day.

Most calculator applications I've seen on mobiles really suck.. but that
could be an area of improvement too.

Also, the back-end would not have to be locked down - parents could
still connect to their kids Neo and get whatever information they feel
they need. I'm not sure I'd want to write code to allow parents to
eavesdrop on their kids, but it'd be easy to do once we start networking
our Neo's to home/work machines and that infrastructure is solid.

Schools themselves may find it appealing to be able to restrict
cell-phone use during class, and with bluetooth, there's another option
to distribute homework other than email or paper.. and with the stylus
the kid could do their homework (whilst showing the working), on the bus
ride home.


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