Thursday chat; Ricardo's USB + Phone idea
- View SourcePamela, I look forward to chatting with you on Thursday at 13.00 Nigerian
time, 15,00 Kenyan time, 13.00 British Summer time at
http://www.worknets.org/chat/ All are welcome! I invite ideas for our
new web interface http://www.ms.lt Andrius
I saw a link today which reminded me of your idea that phones should have
USB ports. I blogged about it at http://www.includer.org
What do you think?
EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen announced that Nokia, Sony
Ericsson, Motorola, Apple, LG, Research in Motion and other phone makers
have signed an agreement to make their data-enabled phones compatible with
standard charging devices based on a standard micro-USB socket.
There are 400 million phones in Europe and 185 million new phones are sold
each year. In 2010, about half of these new phones will be data enabled
The European Union pushed for this agreement so as to reduce waste. This
is also a wonderful step forward towards Ricardo’s vision (in Episode 4)
of USB Host Capability for basic phones. There will soon be millions of
used phones with micro-USB sockets and we can experiment as Ricardo
envisions. If there is a need, then I think it should be straightforward
for phone makers to offer and expand USB functions.
In October, Ricardo submitted his idea for the Google challenge Ten to the
Hundredth. They were supposed to announce the top 100 ideas on January
27, 2009. They received more than 150,000 ideas and have yet to announce
any of them. It is a shame that they didn’t collect them openly and we
could be working on them ourselves! (See Episode 7, Vote for Losers) .
Meanwhile, the Knight News Challenge has declared its winners. The
Challenge gave out half the money it had intended to, because of the
financial crisis. I looked up my own idea, Help Room of Episode 6, and
here’s what I find:
WEB PAGE NO LONGER EXISTS
The page you are looking for no longer exists or is unavailable.
Please access the home page to explore more content on this site.
Greetings from the COMMUNIA meeting in Torino where we’re discussing the
Scientific Commons. I suppose that a key goal might be, how do we keep
alive the losing ideas so that they might develop into winners?