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An app (or feature added to an existing weather app) to
pop a notification on screen when theres a high
probability that you could see a rainbow. A hyper-local
weather app (like Dark Sky on iOS, dont know whats
comparable on Android) should have enough information
about cloud cover, rain,
and sun in your location to make
Inspired by a true story: When I left the office this
afternoon it was clear and sunny. A few minutes after I
boarded my train, clouds rolled in and it started pouring.
And I was in just the right spot to look out the window to
see a rainbow. Bright, solid looking, almost unreal, like a
kid had painted it against the clouds. Then almost as
quickly as the clouds had rolled in, they started to break
up - and the rainbow persisted for a few minutes even
against the bright blue sky exposed between the clouds.
And all the while, those other dopes on the train missed it,
staring down at their phones.
[doctorremulac3, Nov 24 2021]
||Nah. Keep all the special things (like rainbows, sundogs,
halos, space station pass-overs, etc) for those of us smart
enough to know & look for them. Some of my friends didn't
see the lunar eclipse last week (despite perfect viewing
app pops up with rainbow notification
user swipes to dismiss notification and then texts their "friends": just saw a rainbow it was cool lol
user continues to stare at device and twiddle thumbs to make screen glow and flicker
||I'd go for the opposite notification. " While you were playing with your phone, you missed..." etc.
||Are there other pop up options than just rainbow
alerts? ie to warn for example the likelihood of
walking on dog poo on a particular street on a
particular time and day. [morsel+]
||<notification ping!> "If you look to your right you will
see a cloud shaped like a rabbit"
||When rainbow notification appears all cellphones in vicinity momentarily
seize up, causing users to stop and look around.
||You could have shouted *RAINBOW* To get those
other dopes to look up from their phones!
||// You could have shouted *RAINBOW* To get those
other dopes to look up from their phones //
||I did tap the shoulder of the person ahead of me
and pointed out the window. But most of the
have headphones or earbuds these days and
speaking or shouting to them is nearly pointless.
||Its not like twenty years ago when I could strike
up a conversation (or even a sing-along!) with strangers.
||[doctorremulac3] - thanks for the link! Dont know
how I missed yours when I looked for prior art*.
Main difference between your suggestion and mine
is that mine is predictive based on weather
conditions, while yours relies on others spotting
one and announcing it.
* Weird. Yours is second from the top of the list
today when I just search HB for rainbow and the
title is pretty clear. And I swear I looked yesterday
and somehow missed it.
||All good. They're different enough.
||Could combine your notification idea with mine. In addition to
predictions, users could post notifications when they see one.
And postings could (should?) include pictures. Might turn it into
a game, scored by how many rainbow
pictures you post. Players could upvote your good ones to give
you more points. To prevent fakers and other kinds of spam,
the hosting server would have to check the geocoding and
timestamp of the pictures.
||Sure. Kind of a nice idea. People might like it.
||Best idea. If you chose not to enjoy this rainbow, chances are
you missed the blue heron standing in the river below it, or
the incredibly green hills that roll by as you travel. There are
differing ways to view this life, this planet, this Universe and
sadly so many are failing. Me included at times.