Imagine...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by joeshell383, May 9, 2008.

  1. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    #1
    Imagine waking up to a horizontally oriented iPhone acting as an alarm clock. You turn over to see two options, "snooze" and "turn off". You press "turn off"--- the iPhone presents you with a simple math problem that you complete. The alarm shuts off.

    You then check the iPhone for the weather forecast and RSS feed of the local newspaper. After the morning routine and a quick bite to eat you step outside. You pull out your iPhone and touch the Cadillac logo, entitled "CTS", on the home screen. There are several tabs at the top: "Controls" "Info" "Diagnostics". You touch "Info" and get a readout of fluid levels, tire pressure, and oil life. You then touch "Controls". You touch the prominent "Start" button. You then flick the radio and climate controls, before pressing unlock and approaching the vehicle. Once inside, the iPhone-esque touch screen console and 100%-display instrument panel greet you. The car automatically connects to your iPhone. On your way to work you receive a few text messages and phone calls. The Heads Up Display shows you the texts in a bubble, and the Caller ID shows the callers' pictures, phone numbers, and locales on your windshield.

    When you get to work, you use the iPhone to lock the car. Once inside, you stop at a vending machine. You pull out your iPhone and press "Vending". The iPhone immediately connects to the machine in front of you. You confirm it is the correct machine by verifying the number at the top of the display with the number on the vending machine. You press the "Coca-Cola" button and your beverage is dispensed. You are glad you did not have to touch the unsanitary buttons on the physical machine. The charge will be reflected on your phone bill.

    You go through the morning motions at work before heading out to lunch. On your lunch hour you make a few stops. At Exxon, you press the "Exxon" button, choose the fuel type, confirm the number on screen matches the pump number, and press Visa. The iPhone shows two Visa cards, each displaying the last four digits of their numbers. You touch the top one. You choose "no" at the next screen that asks you whether or not you want a reciept e-mailed to you. You begin fueling. You watch the iPhone's on-screen meter total your fuel in gallons and dollars live. When you are done, you replace the nozzle and press "finished" on your iPhone.

    You also run through Wendy's on your lunch hour. While in line you make your food and payment selections on your iPhone. When you get to the first window, you hand them your phone. They scan the on-screen barcode that popped up after you finished your selections. The barcode has your order and payment info in it. You drive to the next window and grab your order.

    You also stop at Kmart and the Post Office on your lunch hour. You use your iPhone to complete your purchase at Kmart, and again at the Post Office to select and buy stamps from the vending machine.

    You return to work and receive a call from Orkin. They explain that even though they just finished spraying, your house won't be safe to return to until tomorrow. You quickly make reservations at the local Holiday Inn for the night.

    After work you head to the Holiday Inn. When you get there they ask for ID. You press "Driv. Lic." on the iPhone home screen. Your state-sanctioned ID is displayed on screen. The receptionist takes your iPhone and plugs it into a cradle behind the desk. Your information is automatically entered in the system. She returns your iPhone. The iPhone then displays a message--- Purchase: Choose Card. You choose Discover. You only have one Discover card so the iPhone simply asks for confirmation of the total. You choose "Yes" and enter your PIN. The receptionist then sends general hotel information, a hotel map, and virtual key card to your phone. After you are finished at the front desk you use the map to navigate the way to your room. When you arrive at the room you press the Hoilday Inn icon with "Room 255" text on your iPhone home screen. You are presented with several options. Some options have to do with room service, climate control, "do not disturb" and check in/out. You choose "unlock room". The Bluetooth signal immediately unlocks the room. You enter the room, set down your bag, and begin to settle in for the night. You use the channel guide on iPhone to find a show you enjoy. During the commerical breaks you adjust the volume and channel surf using your iPhone as the remote control. After a little while you set your iPhone alarm and make a few phone calls before heading to bed.

    The day, like every other day, was hectic. However... you had an iPhone to help make and manage purchases, find your way around, warm up the car, and stay clean and healthy, as you did not have to touch public surfaces all day long. It helped you make the most of your time--- like looking at menus and placing an order before you even made it to the drive through window. When you made it to the drive though window you saved time by simply having you iPhone's onscreen barcode scanned.

    With the iPhone everything just made sense and you couldn't help but wonder why nobody had thought of it sooner.
     
  2. Hudzilla macrumors 6502a

    Hudzilla

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2007
    Location:
    England
    #2
    Send this, along with your CV onto Steve jobs.

    There just might be a job for you at Apple Inc. ;)
     
  3. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    #3
    Wirelessly posted (Apple Communication Device: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    Then you come home and take off your backpack that houses the 10 pound battery pack and call it a day.
     
  4. t0mat0 macrumors 603

    t0mat0

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2006
    Location:
    Home
    #4
    Alarm clock with puzzle to stop - doable
    iPhone weather forecast - done
    RSS feed of newspaper - done
    Car diagnostics - possible (e.g. Porsches can "phone home" if there's a problem, but usually the info is currently hidden from the owner in general cars that can give electronic diagnostic readouts.).
    A car manufacturer such as Mercedes would want the info to be linked to the car though, no? So you can still check, even if you don't have an iPhone.

    You then flick the radio and climate controls - do it in the car.
    "Before pressing unlock and approaching the vehicle"
    So if someone were to steal your iPhone, they get your car for free? ;)

    VISA, vending, Electronic payment - Are pilot programs, lots in Japan etc already. (See the hack a day of the London Tube card - you could strip it out, and put under the casing at the back of the phone potentially.

    "You go through the morning motions at work before heading out to lunch."
    For a whole morning?? hehe

    "The iPhone shows two Visa cards, each displaying the last four digits of their numbers. You touch the top one. You choose "no" at the next screen that asks you whether or not you want a reciept e-mailed to you. You begin fueling. You watch the iPhone's on-screen meter total your fuel in gallons and dollars live. When you are done, you replace the nozzle and press "finished" on your iPhone."

    might want to add some security there. Otherwise again, someone's just bought fuel off your credit card. PIN and some other security questions. (or a gesture password too).

    "After work you head to the Holiday Inn. When you get there they ask for ID. You press "Driv. Lic." on the iPhone home screen. Your state-sanctioned ID is displayed on screen." Big privacy risks involved.


    "The receptionist takes your iPhone and plugs it into a cradle behind the desk. Your information is automatically entered in the system."
    Do you want to sync with this Mac?

    You forgot to say - Plug in iPhone Juicer battery/ recharge the phone midday too ;)

    "With the iPhone everything just made sense and you couldn't help but wonder why nobody had thought of it sooner."

    Lot of people have. Tech and infrastructure hasn't been there. A lot of the stuff is already out there, in other formats.

    Interesting post - Is interesting to see the number of possibilities available in the future! And how much teh iPhone could be integrated into daily life. (The post doesn't really include any music play, video play, much internet use, GPS use etc)
     
  5. joeshell383 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    #5
    Not quite; presuming you charge in the car, at work, and at night.
     
  6. t0mat0 macrumors 603

    t0mat0

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2006
    Location:
    Home
    #6
    mobi juicer to the rescue :)
     
  7. Pookieinc macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Location:
    California
    #7
    Then you lose your iPhone and it gets lost.

    Then you die, simply because you had so much of your life dedicated to your phone and it doing stuff, rather than doing things yourself.
     
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2008
    #8
    I think someone has figured out the solution for totally getting rid of human contact in a person's daily life. Congrats.
     
  9. BongoBanger macrumors 68000

    BongoBanger

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
  10. evilboy macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2007
    #10
    Already In Japan, (Felica - mobile suica and so on) I use it everyday - vending machines, subway entrance, food at local stores and all sorts of other payments... - very comfortable indeed
     
  11. bstpierre macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    #11
    It is interesting that in your scenario you are able to interact wirelessly with the data the gas pump has but you have to hand your phone to the Wendy's clerk and the Holiday in receptionist?

    You do have some transaction security in some of the transactions so I won't bring up the lack of security in some of the other transactions.

    Other than that it is an interesting concept. I used to use Pocket Money on the Palm. It was nice having a virtual wallet and a natural interface for recording transactions. It would have been even nicer if it would complete the transactions for you.
     
  12. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816

    WhySoSerious

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    #12
    My god......you're all missing the freaking point of his post.

    He was just pointing out how an iPhone could theoretically evolve into something that will alter a persons lifestyle.

    He wasn't trying to go into details about security and PINS and battery life and all the other ho-hums you guys are nit-picking about. Geez-us!

    To the OP: Good ideas and I see how this is something that could very well make it's way into mainstream lifestyles in the next 10 years. I like your vision.
     
  13. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

    deputy_doofy

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2002
    #13
    I, too, like the vision. In fact, the person or company who makes all these things interact with the iPhone will be richer than Apple. :D
     
  14. kdarling macrumors demi-god

    kdarling

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Location:
    First university coding class = 46 years ago
    #14
    You've been corrupted by the current limitations of the iPhone. This is what Bluetooth is for, so you don't have to hand over your phone. ;)

    Bluetoothed Coke machines and many other gizmos have been done. My cousin was part of the original BT design group, and they stuck a chip in everything they could find around the office.

    It has.

    Japan is way ahead of us in using phones as credit cards, etc. Even have house door locks that open via your phone.

    In the USA, phones are being sent displayable bar codes now, for theatre tickets and even as an airline boarding pass.

    I also like Nokia's R&D into connected homes, with you easily shooting photos from your phone onto your refrigerator door, having the phone control everything in the house, and so forth. And Microsoft, with their similar concepts shown in the Surface. Have you ever seen these:

    Nokia Home Connects

    Nokia Sharing Discoveries

    Nokia Achieving Together

    Nokia Inspiring Senses

    It's all coming... sooner or later. Thanks for your interesting post.
     
  15. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    #15
    I don't know if I should applaud or cry......
     
  16. Auzburner macrumors 65816

    Auzburner

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2008
    Location:
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    #16
    Not too far away. Everything there is doable and great ideas...
     

Share This Page