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Convergence ... conshmergence!
When I leave the house there is an endless
back-and-forth trip between the car and
some place in the house looking for yet
one more thing that is some integral part
of the journey. Keys, garage door opener,
cell phone, wallet, etc.
There has been some element
convergence of some of these
technologies, e.g., PDA with cellphone.
However, my car opens with a remote
button. Why not put its code in the
cellphone. If it can open with a remote
button, why not start it with another.
Garage door opens with another remote,
put it on the cellphone too.
Wallet carries electronic purchasing means
in the form of ATM cards and credit cards.
Some cellphones have SIM cards. Slide the
SIM card out and use it as a credit/ATM
Driver's license, insurance card, etc. could
be displayed on the cellphone display. If
you get pulled over, you merely hand the
cellphone to the cop who can somehow
verify that these aren't fake bitmaps (e.g.,
by an automatic call to HQ).
etc. etc. But mostly I want my cellphone
to open the car door and start the car, or
vice versa (keys can be used to make
||"No, I'm not making a call on my keyphone, I'm cleaning my ear."
||Swiss Army Phone Three would be a better name.
||//mostly I want my cellphone to open the car door and start the car, or vice versa //
||I like this part of the idea. It would reduce the overall bulk of the cell phone/car opener combo. When you buy a new car, the car dealer could program your cell phone to open your car. (But what about when you sell the car? Does the cell phone go with it?) The cell phone based car opener would be powered, so it could have more features than the current unpowered car openers.
||Extra safety feature: the car won't start while the phone is in use, and the phone won't work while the car is in motion.
||Don't stop there. It should then DRIVE the car -- yeah! and run my errands, re-heat my coffee, check the traffic, mix a cocktail, rub my neck, go to my meetings, walk the dog, read halfbakery, watch TV..... then come out to the golf course and update me on my day. :)
||...seriously, though, some phones have bluetooth, so a bluetooth garage door opener would be half way baked... Cool!