me, 2.0: jose nazario
beauty and the street
phone a ride
a new wineglass stencil that appeared in ann arbor recently. the building
owner painted over it a few days later.
i had an idea in zurich about using cell phones to either solicit for a
ride or notify you that a ride was available via a simple, one time
"subscription" entry to a service. the idea is simple.
for the taxi, your phone would use a micro network mechanism, like
bluetooth, to announce "hey, i need a lift". passing taxis equipped
with the technology would identify your need and pull over. maybe not
such a hot idea, because you can simply raise your hand and get a can in
metro areas. also see push to taxi
by paul golding.
i had a better idea, though, about using your cell phone as a personal
notification mechanism. you're current position is known to you, and
that's all you need to know. however, what if the bus, train, or tram
(zurich has trams, so this is why i thought about it) would notify you
via a bluetooth or sms mechanism "i'm just around the corner and coming
in a second". you could even be alerted up to five minutes ahead of
time so that if you were shopping you'd be ok.
i'm still displeased with the amount of utility a personal locator or
information device like the cell phone has received from companies. when
will they get it stateside?
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