Why isn’t more automation created around Wi-Fi interaction?
- Gently remind me to grab an umbrella if rain is in the forecast and I just walked out of the house.
- Envoke my garage door app when I enter range.
- Change my alert volumes and settings when I enter the office.
- Change my alert from vibrate to volume 5 when I enter my home.
Granted in the iOS world Apple won’t let an app have this layer of control, but what about the Android platform? It was genius when HTC released the function of flipping the phone over when it’s on the table to mute all alerts.
Taking inspiration from this lamp idea (left), by Andreas Müller - his lamp goes from on -> dims -> off according to its orientation to pointing North.
My adaptation is to build the variation on the right that uses a servo motor to automatically point the Navigation Pin at whatever the object of your affection, via Google Latitude.
Name Plate 2.0 (for the multi-location worker)
Update: It may help to explain - I work in two different campuses and I often asked what campus I’ll be working from. So while I am working on a physical device with the some of the crew at Milwaukee Makerspace. I dropped an NFC tag behind my nameplate and programmed it to link to my Google Latitude account. Tap my nameplate with your NFC enabled phone and you are instantly show where I am at that point in time.
UPDATE: Posted a short YouTube video showing how it works: http://youtu.be/buy-H9ee-Rs