Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Flashing SMS and GPS

A demo of a sms message clientand an app for sending GPS data (via text file) from GPS into Flash.

" I can write conditions etc... for Flash to trigger events based on my location (lat and long). I really like the idea of location based services, and there will be a future for them. Flash and Flash Remoting make an excellent framework for location based apps. However, the adoption of such apps is not even close. Reason being that the location data (stored in database) will not reside on the device, so the device will need a data connection to send its location to an application server, which will respond with relevant data"

A peek into the future:
You have made a To-Do list in a flash app in your laptop noting " Buy a carton of beer". This data gets transferred to your Handheld automatically and when you pass the supermarket, your mobile beeps and displays the latest prices of beer.

The philosophy behind Macromedia Central :
Summary of Kevin's blog

Macromedia central is a asynchronous, message-driven, scripted, dynamic runtime-modifiable system. :o)

Instant Delivery.
Getting, installing, running applications securely ( without them fouling up your computer) should be as safe and easy as browsing web pages is today.

Occasionally Connected.
People arebecoming more mobile and move in and out of networks. Applications should continue working even when offline, and seamlessly take advantage of the network when online. You should be able to be productive regardless of whether you currently have a network connection.

Cooperative Applications.
Web applications should work together, not just connected to each other by copy and paste.They should share data and leverage on eachohers strengths to make the user more productive. Users should be able to combine applications in useful ways, building their own connections between them.

Open Data.
Data is owned and locked up by the applicaions today. ( Ex: MS-Word owns the text and is not possible to retrieve text without installing word) . Information continues to be trapped in 'black boxes' in many applications today, such as spreadsheets. XML is becoming a great way to represent data openly and is becoming widely adopted for this. Data should be open enough that many applications can manipulate it, and users can then have their choice of applications which they find most effective in working with information.


Internet applications can become more productive if they know more about you. What your current location is, whether you're currently in a meeting, or what other data you're interacting with. Given more knowledge of this context, applications can save users steps and be more relevant. Of course this needs to be balanced with privacy, and users should retain control over where their information is used.

Applications are increasingly a multi-user experience. They are beginning to represent the presence of other people on the Internet, just starting to support collaborative work. Applications should have a common way of integrating communication with others in the context of the application, and be able to share application functionality to enable live collaboration in their use. The Internet is not only about connected web pages, it's about connected people.


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