The future of apps

gosabres1984

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May 9, 2010
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Charlotte, NC
Does anyone think it's possible for these apps to realistically be developed one day?

-Garage door opener
-Keyless entry for car (for most newer models)
-Universal remote (tv) without external add ons

Thoughts?
 

ClutchThese

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Jun 25, 2010
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Alexandria, VA
i think its def feasible...they just need to be implimented. what ever device the car would have to have would have to operate in the cell freq or wifi/bluetooth freq.
 

mlts22

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Oct 28, 2008
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About a year ago, I saw some mention of work being done on an "iKey" (the actual word iKey is trademarked by different companies) where the iPhone could disarm a house alarm, work as a remote, work as a RFID badge at a company, provide proximity detection so if someone walks off from their computer, it would lock their machine, etc.

Since that Slashdot article, I've not seen much since. I'd love the idea though, and it could be done in a decently secure manner, mainly by finding a way to key in a code offline, and pair the devices up similar to a Bluetooth pairing. The latest Bluetooth standard supports very low voltage/small battery uses, so even that might be usable. This way, once the devices are paired, it would just take an app launch to open something.
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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Apr 6, 2007
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Portland, OR
About a year ago, I saw some mention of work being done on an "iKey" (the actual word iKey is trademarked by different companies) where the iPhone could disarm a house alarm, work as a remote, work as a RFID badge at a company, provide proximity detection so if someone walks off from their computer, it would lock their machine, etc.

Since that Slashdot article, I've not seen much since. I'd love the idea though, and it could be done in a decently secure manner, mainly by finding a way to key in a code offline, and pair the devices up similar to a Bluetooth pairing. The latest Bluetooth standard supports very low voltage/small battery uses, so even that might be usable. This way, once the devices are paired, it would just take an app launch to open something.
One device that controls every bit of security in your entire life? That sounds smart...
 

Alonzo84

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Dec 18, 2009
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North Carolina
ADT has a nifty app that allows you to arm/disarm your system, turn on lights etc. I'm still kind of amazed that I can deposit checks from my phone.
 

Minimoose 360

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Jul 7, 2008
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I think the future of apps is here already. (grammar wut)

There's not really that much to be developed...even when it comes to adding new features to a device and utilizing those features in an app, we are pretty limited in what's to come.

If we are talking about a smartphone specifically. Pretty soon it will all be embedded to the brain and everything will be integrated augmented reality.