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Africa/Japan Brainstorming

We spent two hours of class today learning about the many innovations happening in the mobile space in Africa and Japan. The two approaches couldn’t be more different–Africa takes a decidedly low-tech approach, while Japan takes an almost laughably high-tech route–but they both have generated an incredible amount of innovation that simply doesn’t exist here in the states. While some of it is out of reach, others can be easily adapted for mobile use here.

Taking what you heard–and researching further, if you’re so inclined–do some speed brainstorming around ways to adapt African and Japanese innovation for domestic use.

POST A TOTAL OF 15 IDEAS IN THE COMMENTS (no more than 2-3 sentences per idea) .

Spend NO MORE than 10 minutes on this brainstorm–part of the point is to train yourself to think quickly, as we will be doing more brainstorming next week.

Here are some very good tips (on a very ugly website) on how to brainstorm.

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13 Responses

  1. 1.Use SMS to send out mass news alerts, some college campuses already do this.
    2.Use the screen and camera to act as a HUD to display information around you. Sort of like Google street view. G1s may already have something like this.
    3.Have your phone call you when a favorite radio show comes on and listen to it there.
    4.Call in to listen to podcasts.
    5.Run a NetFlix like service for cell phones.
    6.Stream video conference calls with use of multiple or rotating cameras.
    7.Use SMS to call up text files from your computer to your phone.
    8.Use phone to broadcast your own radio station unique to your phone IP address.
    9.Use geo location and live update of traffic patterns to see if your cab driver is ripping you off.
    10.Use as a CTA pass.
    11.Take a picture of a barcode to pay your dinner tab.
    12.Use as an IPass.
    13.Remotely start your car and unlock it.
    14.Use it to track a RFID built into your car keys, remote, shoes, anything.
    15.Take multiple pictures with it to create your personal street view to show others where you are.

  2. 1. DVR-like system to record favorite TV shows. Option that would send recorded TV shows to a computer would be tops.
    2. Comparison bar codes. Scan in barcode for milk, for example, receive a list of available milks and prices in store and nearby stores.
    3. Similarly, a search program that could take scanned barcodes and suggest items based on what user seems to be interested in, a la Amazon.
    4. Cab/toll road/CTA automatic barcode payment system. One could either fill an account with money to be deducted, or receive a monthly bill.
    5. Cell phone charging vending machines.
    6. Check out virtual books from library.
    7. Implement automatic GPS when calling police or 911.
    8. Pedestrian alerts on maps — find out if Oprah is going to be in your way next time you want to walk down Michigan Ave.
    9. Fruit and vegetable tracker. Alerts when new shipments of produce arrive at stores.
    10. Crime tracker. Alerts of recent crimes based on GPS location.
    11. On that note, a silent crime reporter. Use SMS to text with crime information.
    12. Check deposit. Snap a picture of a check, send to bank account. If names and addresses on check match, check will clear (or use a barcode).
    13. Barcodes as further protection regarding fraud or copyright rights (could be useful for images online, etc).
    14. Lock phone. If a phone is lost or stolen, file a report online with phone’s unique number and phone will be unable to use until retrieved or replaced.
    15. Flight tracker. Though wireless needs to be off when on a plane, it could be interesting to send plane’s location to a mobile phone (will it be on time or not?).

  3. Lisa Guillen says:

    Using your phone as a CTA Pass

    Being able to scan items that have barcodes with your phone to create a ‘wish list’ or shopping list for future reference

    Having communal cell phones since people’s phones always die– similar to how pay phones used to be everywhere.

    Have communal solar powered charging stations. (This might already exist)
    Video conferencing from one phone to another.

    Using SMS text to order food, like a pizza for example.

    Using SMS to access and manage your bank account. (Chase already has a lower grade version of this)

    Putting barcodes next to headlining stories in the newspaper. That barcode would send you directly to the story on the papers website, which will then in theory, have updated information, pictures etc.

    Being able to use your phone like a credit card or debit card.

    Making your phone compatible with your tv/computer so you can access and stream anything in your tivo/Netflix queue right to your phone
    Recording tv with the option to connect your phone to your television to watch the shows.

    Using SMS to contact police in situations where it’s not safe to call/talk.

    Being able to purchase movie tickets buy scanning a barcode on a movie poster/ad.

    SMS texting movie theaters to see how many seats are left of a certain movie (ex. There are 20 seats out of 100 left for the movie ________ starting at 7pm) also can be used for last minute flights or train rides, anything that has a limited number of seating, really.

    Being able to scan the items on a menu at a restaurant and send the order directly to the kitchen.

  4. Ashley McHale says:

    Our phones should be able to take pictures of items and then you can search for the price.

    There should be a voice for navigation like you have in your car, but this way it will speak to you on how to get somewhere by walking or public transit.

    There should be chips in our phones so that we can track them when they get lost.

    There should be battery charging stations for iPhones on the train or just on every couple blocks downtown.

    Phones should be able to tell us where to go to get better service if you are in an area with little to know service.

    Phones should have projectors, when you need to see something larger, show someone something or your making a presentation you just need a blank surface to project what is on your phone.

    We should have our most important info, that we always need such as birth certificate and social security cards to have digitally on our phones that of course can only be found in phone with a password.

    We should be able to simply talk to our phone and tell it what to do, especially in the car this could be helpful since it is handsfree.

    Phones should have a radar to show where people are in the facility or space you are in for safety reasons.

    Our phone should have a digital copy of our licence and registration so that if and when you get pulled over you can just give them your phone and the process should move a lot faster.

  5. Annie Pilon says:

    1. Text alerts for national disasters occurring in your area.
    2. Crime statistics, sexual offender registry in your city/neighborhood.
    3. Ability to leave comments to blogs/websites/podcasts via text.
    4. Ability to leave voice comments to blogs/websites/podcasts by calling in.
    5. Traffic alerts via text based on where you are and what direction you are driving.
    6. College class forums, e-textbooks
    7. Mobile social networking app – users can enter info: age, occupation, etc., and you can view statistics of other users in your area.
    8. Streaming of TV shows, movies.
    9. Tracking location of your contacts’ cell phones (only when other contact agrees, not like a creepy tracking device). For example, you could use this when you’re supposed to meet a friend somewhere and you both agree to use this app.
    10. Keypad lock that can only unlock via fingerprint.
    11. Keep a monthly tab for your favorite store/restaurant/whatever. Add money to the account each month or pay it off at the end of the month.
    12. Online shopping tracks what items you buy regularly and what else you might be likely to buy. Receive text/email alerts when those items go on sale.
    13. Alerts via text when CTA is delayed.
    14. Tracking of 911 calls in your city on any given night.
    15. Call in to post audio files to your blog.

  6. Keri Morgan says:

    1.) TV capabilities
    3.) More memory
    4.) Emergency Alerts/911 Tracking
    5.) More flexible Plans (more pay-as-you-go types)
    6.) More flexible Phone deals (not just upgrade once every 2 yrs)
    7.) More Computer syncing capabilities
    8.) File sharing
    9.) More ad campaigns being more mobile friendly (Texting etc deals)
    10.) Better phone quality
    11.) Bigger screens, less keys
    12.) Easier to change ringtones, not have to pay or ease to make ur own without doing it through various illegal programs
    13.) Solar Pannel Charing
    14.) More cell towers for service in popular areas ( How CTA is increasing service on lines this spring in Chicago)
    15.) Directory/411 more free services of this type

  7. Tim Young says:

    1. Use for live TV/radio
    2. Be able to record live TV
    3. Allow users to subscribe to a news site and receive up-to-date alerts.
    4. No keys on the phone. Just a screen.
    5. Look up whatever without have to subscribe to internet.
    6. Voice activated texting.
    7. Use phones like a computer (type documents, spreadsheets, etc.)
    8. Any phone can be used for any carrier.
    9. Use your phone like a check card.
    10. Have multiple numbers for one phone.

  8. Derek Brown says:

    1.Your cell phone as your ID, it can have all your info stored on it.
    2.Text alerts from the CTA and other mass transit across the nation to alert its commuters of delays.
    3.Using GPS, get text alerts from store about sales and coupons when walking by the store fronts.
    4.To be able to use your cell phone as a credit card.
    5.Apps that allow you cell to be used as a remote control, so you never will lose it in the couch.
    6.A movie app so you can use your phone to watch the of a movie while at the theater, if you cant see the screen.
    7.The ID function would allow you to check in and out of building… so people know who are in schools ect…
    8. A satellite feater that allows you to hook up to Direct Tv and watch television from anywhere.
    9.Newspaper apps that allow the paper to be sent to you phone daily.
    10.Phones that can monitor your health… for the elderly and directly send it to their Doc.
    11. A 911 GPS app that allows police to find you if your lost or a criminal.
    12.Love apps that you can program to the mate you want, then it notifies you when your close.
    13. A GPS app that tells your if you lover is cheating.
    14. Fashion apps that you can send a pic of yourself and it tells you if you match.
    15.A test cheaters app that you can share answers with friends.

  9. danielzarick says:

    1. Cell phones as credit cards. Include a way to program different cards in.
    2. SMS-only payment system like PayPal
    3. SMS notification if you are in proximity to a friend
    4. Internet-based streaming video/recording to phones
    5. Reliable cellular networks
    6. Mechanism that charges your phone via kinetic energy in your pocket/purse/etc
    7. Augmented Reality applications that show you information overlays over the screen in realtime
    8. Sync your phone with your tv/computer wirelessly when in proximity
    9. Make your phone a remote controller for video games/tv/computer
    10. Use RFID chips to turn lights on/off when people enter/exit rooms
    11. Public Transportation alerts/better geolocational tools
    12. Mobile controllers for interaction in classes/presentations
    13. Solar panel charging
    14. “Cell phone wallet”- ID, coupons, money, etc
    15. Health monitoring capabilities, with SMS alerts to family/friends if something happens

  10. Alexander Zavala says:

    1. Use phone as media center to control televisions/dvr in the home.
    2. Take pictures of bar codes and use a program to remind cell phone users when the products expire.
    3. Alternative charging methods: Bike charger (small generator powered during the ride), Solar Panel inside the car.
    4. Placing orders by text, food delivered to table.
    5. Pay CTA with phone, allow GPS to take care of transfer charges between buses and trains.
    6. Television networks designed specifically for cell phone users.
    7. Ability to use SIM cards in external devices to make calls over VOIP.
    8. Text message areas of heavy traffic, accidents.
    9. Send text messages of limited time offers for restaurants.
    10.Use encrypted text messages from your phone to start car engine/enter house.
    11.If you buy movie tickets with your phone, allow user to send rating of movie after the showing.
    12. For users without access to the internet on their phone, create phone booth terminals that allow users to scan their SIM card and email information from their phone.
    13. Weather reports for small areas. For instance, the weather report for the North Side of Chicago won’t exactly match up with the downtown area or the South Side.
    14. Pre-pay phones that you can “recharge” at terminals. Insert money into a vending machine and upgrades the phone’s information.
    15. Subscribe to television shows and record them on your cell phone.

  11. 1) Access to podcasts through your phone, and not just iPhone users. You could call in to hear it.
    2) Streaming TV on more phones here. This could work, if one cell company takes a chance on it, it could revolutionize phones here.
    3) To grab someone else’s contacts you take a picture of a bar code like picture under their phones info. I know iPhone has the bump but this is something they are developing for the new Black Berry Messenger and could work for other phones as well.
    4) GPS crime alerts. A program the would send you a notification if certain crimes happened In the area you are near
    5) Having a better barcode system on our phones would be great for credit cards, CTA, etc.
    6) A better alert system for things like traffic and weather, you could set it to play you a video every morning after your alarm goes off for work.
    7) More mobile charging devices, and change them so they aren’t so clunky (i.e the energizer ones they were handing out at lollapalooza)
    8) More abilities to sync with your computer at home for music, documents, pictures
    9) Better use of Solar energy in phones, but develop so its not as clunky or boxy looking
    10) Better development for applications outside of the iphone

  12. 1. Google Maps API – To recreate the Ushahidi model, this Google API can help keep track and map anything, from restaurants to crimes. For Android, Google offers My Maps (http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2008/12/your-maps-in-your-hands-for-holidays.html)
    2. Google My Tracks – Even more sophisticated than the Maps API, Google gives you the possibility to record your location through GPS tracks and view live statistics being updated as you go (http://mytracks.appspot.com/)
    3. Use PayPal for payments – You don’t necessarily need to have a PayPal account to receive the money, according to Fabio Sisinni, director of PayPal’s mobile strategy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQtcGqPkANg
    4. Nokia money OK, so you have a Nokia. How are you going to pay? Through Nokia Money. The Scandinavian company came up with this financial tool after acquiring Obopay. http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1337248
    5. Twitter – Remember to use local hashtags such as #Chicago or even hyperlocal ones (ex. #Lakeview, #Uptown)
    6. EveryBlock – For hyperlocal news (they have a new iPhone app, by the way)
    7. Social Graph API – This tool from Google can help developers create more connectivity for users. http://code.google.com/apis/socialgraph/
    8. Google Wave – Not sure how this will work, but this open source Google product should be able to allow users to share pictures, videos and messages.
    9. Posterous – Create an account focusing on particular issue or topic in the city/neighborhood.
    10. YouTube – It is still the most used online video site, so you might as well use it. If you have a YouTube account you are automatically given a unique address where to send videos shot with the mobile device. http://www.youtube.com/mobile
    11. FLO TV – Live video is probably the best feature you want for a site like Ushahidi. This site has been able to put this into reality. http://www.flotv.com/http://www.beet.tv/2009/06/analog-tv-shutoff-streaming-video-on-mobile-phones-in-san-francisco-boston-miami-turned-on.html
    12. Qik – Another live-streaming video site http://qik.com/
    13. Adobe Device Central CS4 – Released on Sept. 16, 2009, you might want to start with creating content that is suitable to your mobile device. http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/devicecentral/
    14. Microsoft Developer Central – Microsoft’s tips and how they difer from Adobe. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa457745.aspx
    15. For our Chicago Public Radio purposes I looked for a live-streaming audio app or program but haven’t found anything. That’s something that would really be helpful.

  13. Nick Orichuia says:

    Google Maps API – To recreate the Ushahidi model, this Google API can help keep track and map anything, from restaurants to crimes. For Android, Google offers My Maps (http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2008/12/your-maps-in-your-hands-for-holidays.html)
    Google My Tracks – Even more sophisticated than the Maps API, Google gives you the possibility to record your location through GPS tracks and view live statistics being updated as you go (http://mytracks.appspot.com/)
    Use PayPal for payments – You don’t necessarily need to have a PayPal account to receive the money, according to Fabio Sisinni, director of PayPal’s mobile strategy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQtcGqPkANg
    Nokia money OK, so you have a Nokia. How are you going to pay? Through Nokia Money. The Scandinavian company came up with this financial tool after acquiring Obopay. http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1337248
    Twitter – Remember to use local hashtags such as #Chicago or even hyperlocal ones (ex. #Lakeview, #Uptown)
    EveryBlock – For hyperlocal news (they have a new iPhone app, by the way)
    Social Graph API – This tool from Google can help developers create more connectivity for users. http://code.google.com/apis/socialgraph/
    Google Wave – Not sure how this will work, but this open source Google product should be able to allow users to share pictures, videos and messages.
    Posterous – Create an account focusing on particular issue or topic in the city/neighborhood.
    YouTube – It is still the most used online video site, so you might as well use it. If you have a YouTube account you are automatically given a unique address where to send videos shot with the mobile device. HYPERLINK “http://www.youtube.com/mobile” http://www.youtube.com/mobile
    FLO TV – Live video is probably the best feature you want for a site like Ushahidi. This site has been able to put this into reality. HYPERLINK “http://www.flotv.com/” http://www.flotv.com/http://www.beet.tv/2009/06/analog-tv-shutoff-streaming-video-on-mobile-phones-in-san-francisco-boston-miami-turned-on.html
    Qik – Another live-streaming video site HYPERLINK “http://qik.com/” http://qik.com/
    Adobe Device Central CS4 – Released on Sept. 16, 2009, you might want to start with creating content that is suitable to your mobile device. HYPERLINK “http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/devicecentral/” http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/devicecentral/
    Microsoft Developer Central – Microsoft’s tips and how they difer from Adobe. HYPERLINK “http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa457745.aspx” http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa457745.aspx
    For our Chicago Public Radio purposes I looked for a live-streaming audio app or program but haven’t found anything. That’s something that would really be helpful.

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