Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mobile Integration: Turn Off The Damn Phone!!!

There are few among as that can say that they always mute the phone before entering a meeting, a movie, or the library, or any other place where the hysterical hollering of the ring tone is at least unwelcome, and at most, sometimes, dangerous to your life (imagine the screeching brakes ring tone that your driver is exposed to - not good).

There are even fewer that actually do.

So I thought, wouldn't it be nice if your calendar had a "change ringer settings" feature that would help you to remember and actually put the phone on mute or vibrate or whatever is appropriate for the occasion...

Of course, it opens the usual can of worms - you don't want everybody and their uncle arbitrarily changing your phone settings due to a vulnerability or simple lack of diligence in the implementation, and of course, the protocol must use strong cryptography supporting trust relationship between your cloud applications and your mobile devices - but I hope that mobile API providers either already have this available, or are working on publishing it anytime soon...

Update: Not a complete solution (in particular, it's not integrated with the calendar), but definitely a step in the right direction: Android Locale.

1 comment:

  1. I am one of the developers of Locale.

    The public beta of Locale does indeed support integration with Google calendar, which is even evident in the screenshots on our website.

    If you have further questions about the features of Locale, please contact us, and we'll be happy to help.