Early Innovations on Landline Phones were Answering Machine, Music-on-Hold and Fax Machines. Later landmines were used for BBS and then DUN (Dial up Networking) Internet. Then came the Big Freeze.
My first data experience before the internet was Delrina WinFax. It helped one of my friends get a job in Europe too. A fax machine was expensive, a Gateway 2000 modem was not. (this modem took me first online at home)
Cable Internet, Broadband Internet and 3G etc. have pushed the Landline phone in a corner.
I am using Internet on my Landline and it is pretty good. This may not be affordable by all, as a PC or Laptop is needed and the extra Broadband charges. This is just using the same line. My LandLine phone still is UnEvolved.
What i am trying to say is .....Add SMS at least for all Landlines with no extra monthly cost other than the SMS cost. If Possible add a means of slow File Transfer like FAX. A USB port on this device below will do.
This will help many use Data on the Telephone lines without buying a PC or Fax machine. The SMS will be a Super Hit. Voice Mail can alo be done. No Internet required.
The most financially stressed families in the most remote locations can SMS and if possible send their JPG photo or resume over the Normal Phone Connection at only the extra cost of data transfer.
I got my a Landline a few days back, The phone was one with a LCD, It is a very nice phone with a large LCD, but i had trouble using the phone book, as i kept forgetting the sequence.
These Landline phones occupy a prominent position on the desktops of all offices. The CEO, Marketing Manager and Purchasing Officer; or even at the Canteen, we see these phones. The potential for marketing and advertising is good in these, as they are still popular in the office environment. A firm can show its flash presentation or a product catalog, when a customer waits for the despatch details of a product he ordered.
A Landline Phone also may be interesting with a touch screen and built in web browser. This phone can also have the option of WiMax, in areas where it is available.
This was posted around 2007-8 in a Blog Nomadic Computing and later in delabs Design Devices.
Wikipedia Search Results combined with an AI Query and Data-mining Engine integrated with a High Quality Text-to-Speech; can help people hear Answers to Questions they ask. Optional pictures and video on a concealed LCD Screen, Packed into a Feather Bag called "Dolly the Know-all Dodo". A witty, impertinent, extra-smart Bird-Bot. (2009 - Ideas of delabs)
Idea from Polly -
Make a AI Robot in the form of a Cartoon Parakeet. Something like polly the techno parrot below. When you ask a question or a unique term like "Solar Energy" or "Vitamin C" it can use its AI - Artificial Intelligence to read out a Wikipedia Page and if not Satisfied browse the web internally and suggest alternative pages to read out. It can have a Dockable Tablet Interface too for Visualizing its AI and Articles.
The Objective - When your Bot has outgrown your Arduino, it wants to talk, an urge to communicate and Network. A larger brain over the smaller control system is the need. Then a Networked Drove of Bots ! is possible.
Please pay attention to an earnest plea from a person who has pulled
cards and ram from xt-at 286-386 days. Some people are innovating, at
least follow those lines. Help make Desktop Computing Obsolete.
and Convertibles that means Tablets that transform into Laptops and
Desktops. Then the Abominable Laptop Hinge or Lid failure will not
Tablets, Nettops, Netbooks and Notebooks are the future. Low power consumption, wireless, light, modular, low voltage.
you are still fanatic about Desktop Computers, here are the ways you
can move in the right direction, from legacy to Futuristic !
Make the internals of a Desktop computer, Dust Free. 50 Microns particle, not any larger.
Make the Desktop Computer SMPS and design Earth Free, Two Wire Only, No Y caps.
Let it work on a 12-24 V DC Bus/Grid Standard, With External Connectors. Adapter Outside.
No Fan should be used, No moving or Rotating parts inside, No Wires, good connectors.
Modular Plugin, Stackable System to be used for External CDROM/DVD and HDD Drives.
Flash Integration Internal for main OS Firmware and External Flash like HDD Stackable.
DVD, HDD, Flash Expansion on USB Removable or SATA Stackable like Building Blocks.
For a Whooping One Grand, People deserve a Backplane Plugin Architecture in the Desktop.
Box, LCD/LED Monitor, HDD, Wi-Fi must not consume more than a Maximum of 50 Watts.
All Internal and External Modules and Devices should go to quiescent state, non-obtrusively.
More to come, as i try to fix and break some more ...
A software and External Hardware, Interfacing on LAN or USB or even
WiGig when it comes. The hardware contains HDD/Flash, RAM and RAW
Processing power. This is not like Hyper Threading or multi-core cpu,
but addresses same issue.
Software sees resources load on PC and when it feels RAM, CPU or HDD is
getting stressed; it moves some work to the external box which is on
standby consuming low power. Like playing music is lesser priority then
say checking email.
The Software Resource manager moves the Music Player
and dependencies open in RAM to the Resource outside via USB and makes a
Glitch-less switch. This can be remembered as a setting and used
whenever the external resource is plugged in. Like RAID but for
Home/Small Office users to use redundant capacities. Hardware scales
up/down with needs and does not hog electrical power.
lot of Processing Power and other resources go waste, consuming
valuable energy in the present desktops. How faster things can be if all
peripherals were on TCP/IP and Wireless (optical). This way an external
resource box can directly play the speakers or print too without taking
Main CPU time.