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My other half often borrows my smartphone to make calls, and
occasionally my friends do, too. The idea is to have a caller ID profile
assigned to each of them, and use the front facing camera to
the person calling out when they start dialing. This triggers that
appear on the caller ID of whomever it is
are calling. So basically, if my buddy Joe calls me from his phone,
caller ID will pop up Joe's name and picture. If his girlfriend calls me
after he's gone to sleep.... Well, it'll display her name and picture and
say "Ashley calling from Joe's phone".
A side benefit is that it could also be used to display an up-to-date
contact photo every time someone calls. That would have to be
enabled on both ends, and could be disabled from either end.
Probably requires a companion app on the phone being called, but it
might also be able to synch with carrier caller ID databases and if
works, it could display the actual caller's ID on landlines as well.
If you want to get extra-complicated, users could upload a photo of
themselves to a central app database. That way, if you have to
borrow a stranger's phone (provided they also have the app
installed) to call someone who has you in their
contacts, it'll still display your name and photo and say "[your name]
calling from stranger's phone".
[not_morrison_rm, Mar 12 2014]
for Bungston. [21 Quest, Mar 13 2014]
||//If his girlfriend calls me after he's gone to sleep....
||her: "Honey, Why are you fondling my picture in front of the phone ?"
|| him: "No! I wasn't trying to sneak into your side of the phone. Uhhh It just happened to let me in. "
||What about when you dial for them and then pass them the phone while the other end is ringing?
|| You need a database of ear shapes as well.
||//a database of ear shapes as well
|| Good idea, and could we have profiles in the style of cameos. A linky says a thousand words etc
||Great idea, though I never let ANYONE use my
phone. I am selfish that way. (jk).
||Do people still hold phones to their ears? And turn imaginary cranks on the wall? I hold my phone right in front of me and bellow at it, like it was a bad hamster.
||Yes, a lot of people still hold it to their ears.
||Really this app needs to give the ability to completely block calls from certain numbers, or from all numbers except certain numbers. The fact that smart phones can do everything else except block numbers means that this supersimple thing has been left out on purpose.
||There's already an app for that. It's called 'Mr. Number'. Blocks calls,
texts, MMS... Has about a dozen blocking options. You can even block
incoming calls from all numbers with a given area code. I've used it