Wireless Data Everywhere, M2M Communication, and the Radio Tagging Problem
In defiance of California state law, when I hear a new jam on my car radio I pull out my IPhone, launch Shazam, and use it to "tag" the song. Then I scroll down, press "Share This Tag," type in my email address, and return my eyes to the road. Any number of days/weeks later, I download the mp3 and have it added to my collection.
- Intelligent traffic awareness
- Read your car's diagnostics sensors from your web browser
- Send your address book to your car
Not bad. A year or two later a real startup was formed around this idea.
- Stream music from Rhapsody / Last.FM / etc to your car radio.
- Accept credit cards at all vending machines.
- Have a toaster that "toasts" the CNN homepage news onto your bread. Just don't eat too fast!
- Have gym equipment that you log into to have it upload workout data to a web app.
- Use a toilet that does fecal analysis on its way out to extract diet/health info that also gets uploaded to the web.
- Bus stops that show you how far away the next buses are.
- Electric razors that send you an email when the blades need to be replaced.
- Bathroom scales that upload your weight trends to the web.
- While you're at it with the vending machines, why not have them report back their inventory status?
- Not to mention drastically improving all kinds of other emptying/refilling processes: know when to remove coins from parking meters, when newspaper stands need to be refilled, etc. These don't sound like home runs but there are likely to be two or three that are within some vertical.
- While we're at it with the cars, why not have them radio back their position and destination to traffic control, so the stop lights can intelligently shape traffic in real time. E.g. the simple case is if it's late at night there's no reason the system shouldn't be able to give you mostly all green lights.