Mitch Kapoor made an interesting post recently challenging mobile phone companies to make more intelligent handsets (as opposed to feature rich handsets !). I’ve wondered what the evolution of mobiles would be like. Vodafone offers some great future scenarios with the (wearable) mobile phones of tomorrow, but even today, using J2MEE, I wonder whether compatible handsets can be made to:
Alerts when a user strays out of a safety zone – esp. valuable in humanitarian and peacebuilding operations (using built-in GPS)
Reads zone markings (silence, vibrator only, high volume, family calls only, business calls only, SMS not MMS etc) in various private and public places to automatically adjust settings to fit environment
Allows for geo-coding various locations (again, using built in GPS) so that other users receive proximity alerts when approaching same locations – useful for marking a general danger zone (such as landmines) or resource locations.
The potential for mobile phones to revolutionise the way information / content is created, delivered and accessed in the future fuels the need to envision novel ways of using such broad access frameworks for peacebuilding.