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CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the click-on-this dept.

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RunAmuk writes "Wired is reporting about being able to "Point and click your mobile phone at a poster in London movie theaters this July and you'll be able to directly access the movie's Web page." While there are many practical uses for this technology, like in museums as the article suggests." I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.

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Oooooh! (5, Funny)

aborchers (471342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408664)

A long-range Cue Cat!

Re:Oooooh! (5, Funny)

thud2000 (249529) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408684)

Exactly what I thought too. Whatever these marketers are on, I want some. "If you look at this ad, you may be rewarded with ... ANOTHER ad for the same thing! Act now!"

Re:Oooooh! (2, Funny)

elmegil (12001) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408729)

Let's say it all together now...."conVERGence". Bah.

Re:Oooooh! (1)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408842)

You forgot one thing, it should say:

"If you look at this ad, you may be rewarded with ... ANOTHER ad for the same thing [that you get to pay the bandwidth bill for!]"

Re:Oooooh! (1)

K8Fan (37875) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408787)

A long-range Cue Cat!

Funny, but true. This application makes so much more sense than the actual CueCat business model - people reading magazines while seated at a computer. If they had thought this one up first, they might still exist. But then, the people in charge thought up their original business model, so probably not.

Re:Oooooh! (2, Funny)

gordon_schumway (154192) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408819)

Goddamnit people! It's ':Cue:Cat'!

Eri:c :Chavez
:CEO, Digital :Convergen:ce

Your sig (OT) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408848)

Regarding your sig "I tried to patent barratry as a business model, but there was too much prior art".

You have to remember that Amazon couldn't patent the one-stop checkout [too much prior art], but they could patent the one-click checkout on a computer. So... you need to try to think outside the box.

Like, patenting the one-stop-checkout using the US Mail and Fax, or using a digital cellular phone, or the one-stop-checkout using computers to find victims I mean to umm find customers), or some combination of any of the above.

Then you'll be able to get your patent, and sue other prior I mean infringing one-click-operations into the dirt.

I say go for it, if you can ever find something to patent.

fp for 31337 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408668)

OMFG! VLAGGOT! LOL VLAGGOT!!!

Wee (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408669)

Lah

Still no cure for cancer... (5, Funny)

hendridm (302246) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408670)

Send pictures, check your e-mail, surf the Internet, and instantly pull up movie reviews!*

...

*Note: Requires $10 activation fee, you must upgrade to the $59.99/month package, and you will be charged $0.39/minute for every minute you go over your already worthless amount of daytime minutes.

Spam escapes from the computer (4, Insightful)

yintercept (517362) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408846)

Why would they have to charge for this? With this new technology, Spam and popup ads will finally be able to escape from the computers into the community at large where they can really wreak havoc.

People think billboards are sight pollution, well, we ain't seen nothing yet. Ten years from now, you won't be able to walk down a city street without a bombardment of media messages.

Just like the Internet, all these media messages will be free!!!!

RFID (1, Insightful)

frieked (187664) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408673)

Is it me or does this seem like nothing more than making a movie poster an RFID and a cellphone a portable reader?

Re:RFID (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408686)

It's just you.

Re:RFID (1)

BKDotCom (542787) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408762)

No, it's me too.

Some say conspiracy. I say nifty and close to worthless.

Re:RFID (-1, Troll)

cyberlotnet (182742) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408731)

Ok, here we go.. next thing you know someones going to say the goverment is dropping special radioactive tags into the worlds milk supply, each with its own special rate of decay, so every time you drink milk they can track you by that special tracer..

And all tires should be made exactly the same so the CIA can't track you by your tire tread.

That condom you used last night ( some geeks do get laid ) had a hidden microship in the lube, the CIA just used you to implant your girlfriend so they can track you together!!!

Not to mention the KGB has been tracking old people for years by measuring the electronic vibrations from hearing aids!!

Re:RFID (0, Redundant)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408749)

Sounds more like a cellphone with a built-in CueCat or whatever. WILL IT EVER DIE?!

Re:RFID (4, Funny)

pVoid (607584) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408847)

I find it funny that all the replies to this post somehow are tinted with the idea that the original post was being paranoid about RFID.

Pavlov would have a field day on this site... you guys hear the bell "RFID" and you can't help but start salivating.

I think the parent post was just pointing out the simplicity in such a gadget - not its invasion of your so precious privacy.

Is it just me... (0, Redundant)

Coke in a Can (577836) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408674)

or does this resemble cuecat quite a lot?

Hmmm.. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408678)

While there are many practical uses for this technology, like in museums as the article suggests.

The submitter's phone must have rang while he was typing and hit the submit button prior to sentence completetion. That, or he has ADD.

P2P networks (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408679)

I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.

You must be new to the Internet.

Taco Says...... (1)

phunhippy (86447) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408680)

I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.

But would you be willing to pay for that kind of data? I know I would not...

Yep, there's the rub (1)

w.p.richardson (218394) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408718)

Nice idea, but I ain't gonna pay for it. These things are nickel and diming me to death as it is. $X/month for broadband, $Y/month for cell phone, $Z/month for slashdot subscription...

There reaches a point (for everyone) eventually where enough is enough! My tolerance ends well before something like this.

Re:Taco Says...... (1)

Purificator (462832) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408719)

Right. Someone's going to have a patent on this, so anyone who wants to use it will have to pay (either at the provider or user end --and maybe both).

I agree it's a cool idea; unfortunately it's too cool not to have someone grab it for cash and come out suing.

Re:Taco Says...... (1)

56 (527333) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408756)

offtopic, but I liked your pictures, especially the black and white infared ones.

thought it was a dupe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408690)

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/22/224210 &mode=thread&tid=126

but i guess its not

this better not replace what's already at museums! (4, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408705)

For example, it could be used in museums and galleries, where visitors could download high-quality audio and visual content about exhibits.

Will this hinder museums from adding both visual and audio cues to their exhibits? I personally think that cell phones should be banned in public places such as museums and this will just encourage Joe to hop on his cell phone and chat with Mary while I am trying to enjoy some peace and quiet.

I saw some really interesting usages of computers in museums (like here [pjrc.com] , I realise this is more of a piece of art, but you get the idea).

Keep the cell phones out and enjoy getting away from things that you see and use everyday.

Just my worthless .02

Re:this better not replace what's already at museu (1)

kill-hup (120930) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408843)

this will just encourage Joe to hop on his cell phone and chat with Mary

Yeah, I hate that Joe. He's really an inconsiderate bastard!

Re:this better not replace what's already at museu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408870)

It looks like a dead chicken

Love the hackability.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408708)


Oh this would be such fun to hack..

Child: Daddy, what's that "Finding Nemo 2" about?
Father: Let's look on our phone, son.
>clicky click click
Father: Hmm.. it appears to be about a man stretching his bottom wide open.

Brilliant! (1)

WTFmonkey (652603) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408803)

That's the sequel:

Finding Nemo 2: Elbow Deep
or is it
Fondling Nemo

Re:Brilliant! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408890)

Goatse Nemo perhaps?

Easier ways to have similar fun (0)

TrollBridge (550878) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408898)

That reminds me of my last trip to Borders, where I found a large and rather graphic pictoral sex guide in a very public area. As a good citizen, I felt a better place for such explicit material would be in the children's section, next to the Harry Potter display.

I'm going to hell, aren't I...

Could we do it with people too? (0, Interesting)

Jerk City Troll (661616) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408710)

It'd be kind of interesting (particularly at conventions like H2Kx or Defcon) to pull up a person's chosen public information or web site.

"I can't remember that info right now. Click on me to see my blog." You could also figure out who in the room has an interesting role or get public encryption keys, etc.

You could have all kinds of fun with this.

Re:Could we do it with people too? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408896)

It would be even more fun if it found any naked pix of said people.

Are you kidding? (4, Funny)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408711)

I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.
Are you kidding? Consumers with the power to make instant informed decisions? The (music/movie/software/etc) industry would sh*t a brick!

Re:Are you kidding? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408802)

You mean you're still going to Blockbuster and buying music data from brick and mortar stores? Get with the program, it's 2003 for crissakes! There's amazon and netflix. Make your purchases and rentals from the comfort of your own home with all the information you need.

Or you could just download it all...

Re:Are you kidding? (5, Insightful)

Alpha_Traveller (685367) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408845)

No, they aren't kidding. The industry is not going to be afraid of that if the review site is owned by the same company making the movie, which I guarantee will be the case. Every movie distributor will want a piece of the action to make sure the information you see and hear about THEIR movie is exactly what you should be hearing (in their minds). They will *pay* for that priviledge. And if your cell minutes are used to do this, so will you.

Re:Are you kidding? (2, Interesting)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408863)

Informed opinions?

Yeah I'm sure the publishers are going to link their products to objective reviews - even if they are bad.

So why not use your www enabled phone to google your own reviews? Well, that type of thing has been out for months now - we need something hot and new!

It'll just be all the same hype on the back of the box - for pinheads who want to read it on something electronic for a couple bucks a pop. Or perhaps are too lazy to turn the box over.

This isn't an article or news of course. Just an advertisement for a service that shows you advertisements. Paying for commercials. Sheesh.

Re:Are you kidding? (1)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408876)

I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.

Are you kidding? Consumers with the power to make instant informed decisions?

The only way I'd consider these movie reviews to help me making informed decisions would be if those hyperlinks are pointing towards the relevant entry at this site! [cndb.com]

GMD

Pop-Ups? (5, Funny)

retto (668183) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408712)

Point and click your mobile phone at a poster in London movie theaters this July and you'll be able to directly access the movie's Web page.

Is some guy wearing a sign going to jump in front of me and start blathering on about casinos or cheap travel discounts?

Re:Pop-Ups? (4, Funny)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408789)

Hmmm, or how about maybe a guy in a goofy butterfly outfit putting you in a headlock if you try to show the info on an 'R' rated film to some kid?

Ahhh, parental controls....

Re:Pop-Ups? (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408814)

Or how about a guy in a monkey suit running around with a sign reading "Zap the monkey!"

If anything, that would cause a spike in the sales of cattle prods and tazers

Re:Pop-Ups? (1)

hesiod (111176) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408867)

> a guy in a goofy butterfly outfit putting you in a headlock if you try to show the info on an 'R' rated film

I saw one of those MSN commercials and it kinda' scared me what they block out as "harmful." Like rap music?

Re:Pop-Ups? (1)

leonardop (532098) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408887)

Is some guy wearing a sign going to jump in front of me and start blathering on about casinos or cheap travel discounts?
For that exact reason it is recommended that you carry some kind of pop-up blocker device with you... You know, like a stun-gun or a pepper spray.

How about BILLING PRICE CUTS ???? (0)

zymano (581466) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408720)

How about also the Government getting out of extorting money from our Radio Spectrum and just be a caretaker instead of an Owner. The SPECTRUM belongs to the people and not to them and the highest Corporate bidder.

You would see phone bills of 10 bucks monthly then.

Wearable bar-codes (1)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408723)

Put a readable tag on yer clothes Women will zap it. Instant romance! ZING! I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue.

Wait until this technology matures (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408724)

And you can point your phone at women in the bar
and get her bio, likes and dislikes, and the statistical probability of her going home with you...

I'll commit suicide before then...

Re:Wait until this technology matures (2, Funny)

flying_triguy (560874) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408825)

Well, if you are seriously reading this article,
and thinking about the consequences I can tell you
the statistical probability right now... Zeroooooo

D

Re:Wait until this technology matures (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408855)

That's it, goodbye creul world!

Something Similar Already Here (1)

wbav (223901) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408725)

If you've been to Borders lately, you may have noticed a device that you can scan a movie or cd and get a sample of the media. How is this very different? (Other than getting to the web)

Perhaps if there were reviews, but what keeps a company from only showing you the positive reviews?

The flip side is also true, if you open it up to everyone to comment on, the media or movie, then there's a greater chance that someone will post a spoiler and ruin it for you.

However, not to write the whole thing off, if there was a system of reviews like Amazon, and the reviews were handeled by a third party, this could be quite nice to have as a general consumer.

Are you sure that is a good idea? (1)

Prince_Ali (614163) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408726)

I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.

*points cellphone at The Animal*
Cellphone: That is excellent. May I also suggest you buy the movies on either side of it. They are also wonderful. In fact, I think you would enjoy every movie on the shelf. You should buy them all.

Re:Are you sure that is a good idea? (1)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408818)

Well put. I can't see why a video or CD store would provide hyperlinks to completly unbiased reviews of the products they are trying to sell or rent. Most likely, large stores like Blockbuster could have the resources to write reviews of most of the products they sell and set the hyperlinks to point to those glowing reviews. So I don't see this as much of a benefit to the consumer.

Of course, it might be quite useful to the stores themselves. By recording how many people click for reviews on what products, they might be able to determine things like how effective their display shelves are, what types of people are potentially interested in what products and so on. Hell, what's to stop the store from placing a cookie on your cell-phone and tracking which movies you are asking reviews for?

Then there's the whole issue of whether you want the store to be tracking your interests. Can you imagine the warning lights that would go off if you are under 18 and asking for a review of "Cum Buttered Cornholes Vol. 6"? Or if you have an Arabic-sounding last name and have been asking for reviews on action shoot-em-up movies? Might as well turn yourself in to Asscroft right now.

GMD

Why would they? (1)

SiMac (409541) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408894)

You're in Blockbuster, right? Odds are you're going to be renting a video. It doesn't matter to them which video you rent, just that you rent a video, so they'll let the customer rent the good video.

Anyway, sites like Amazon.com do give you customer reviews, which are relatively unbiased.

Re:Are you sure that is a good idea? (1)

WeeLad (588414) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408832)

I'm trying to remember....was this one of the movies that they got in trouble for making up review taglines? I remember the midevievil (sp?) one with the Aussie was one of them and I thought there were one or two more.

I think those reviews are great. They take a sentence "This movie gave me explosive diarrhea!!!" and turn it into "... explosive ..."

CmdrTaco screwed up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408730)

Anyone else notice how that last sentence is half italicized, half normal?

Practical Applications (2, Insightful)

ThePolemarch (653788) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408732)

I saw the *applications* described in the articles, but reallistically, how much time does that save? Yes, you are taken directly to the web page, thus providing a measure of convenience of not navigating to the page yourself, but I can't see widespread use of this technology for the applications mentioned. To me, any review of a movie, which you are sent to by those advertising the movie, has to be at least a bit biased.

Besides. . .who wants more ads?

Old hat (1)

deuist (228133) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408733)

This idea has been around for quite a while. I remember several years ago a mobile phone company had a system in which users could buy a song online upon hearing it on the radio.

It seems like more tech than needed. (3, Insightful)

mikeophile (647318) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408735)

Many newer cell phones have GPS and web capability.

Wouldn't it be easier to visit a website set up for this purpose and send the locational data to get a lookup of everything posted for those coordinates?

That way, we wouldn't be limited to the information that was paid for in the case of a movie theater being linked to the "official" site.

Actual reviews could be posted, dare I say, moderated upon as well?

Re:It seems like more tech than needed. (2, Interesting)

mechaZardoz (633923) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408862)

True, but consider that most civilian GPS receivers only have an accuracy of about 100 feet ( marine GPS transceiver accuracy [johnsboatstuff.com] ); which means that standing on any given street corner you'd catch a lot of potential businesses. This one upside of this technology is that it great reduces the ranges and increases the specificity of the source of the info.

Cute chicks (2)

rhfrommn (597446) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408736)

Could you point it at a cute chick and get her phone number?

Would make a trip to the bar way more efficient. No need for all that drink buying and small talk.

I don't know about you. (5, Insightful)

headbulb (534102) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408737)

But when I leave the computer I don't really wanna take it with me. I don't wanna phone that can get internet. I want a phone that is simple... I have a dad that has a pda, digital camera, gps. Its beyond annoying when you have to stop because someone in your group has to check the gps corodanites for the place you are at. Technology is great, But so is this world. Lets enjoy the world and technology, But make sure that we have a balance. If your balance is take your pda everywhere with you then thats your choise.

Re:I don't know about you. (1)

valkraider (611225) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408856)

I agree - unless the technology is used to help enjoy the world. For example - working on code via VPN while sitting in a park along the river is a *lot* nicer than in the office. But taking your laptop and GPS device so you can see exactly where in the middle of nowhere on I40 you are at all times is annoying. Having the phone to plan to meet up so you can catch a movie starting in 12 minutes is great. Sitting on the train discussing your family reuinion with your parents is annoying. There is a time and place for everything... ;)

CueCat writ large (1)

samoore (176319) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408738)

Is this the return of the CueCat, but for the physical world outside of magazines? We'll not be restricted to pointing at magazine articles and ads this time. Wow! Remember how successful that was?!?

Will its use be expanded to the singles scene, building security, etc.?

The future is now ... (1)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408742)

... soon, you will be able in pointing and clicking on your mobile phone towards any item (movie poster, game, application ad, ...) to get a XDCC/ed2k/torrent/FTP link/address to download that item before that the item is available.

Sounds familiar (1, Redundant)

Quixote (154172) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408744)

Hmm... I wonder if it will fare better than that feline, :::Cue::Cat::: [google.com] ?

I wonder if there is a market out there for such 'convergence' devices?

The big difference (1)

JeanPaulBob (585149) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408885)

is that this doesn't require a separate piece of equipment.

I'm sure people saw CueCat as a kind of specialty market, so there was reluctance to invest time or money in it.

The Matrix Has You! (1)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408746)

I'm gonna have a transmitter on me so that whenever someone points their mobile phone at me, it'll say "Take the red pill". :)

Possible uses (4, Funny)

JoeCotellese (126966) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408753)

I'd like to use it to point at a CD and get it queued in Kazaa.

Minority Report advertising (1)

GoVegan (72692) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408755)

I'll be happier when they come up with uses for technology like this that don't involve trying to make advertising more efficient. Minority Report, here we come!

Maybe in a few more years it'll be nice, when you can point your phone at a movie poster and watch the trailer for the film, but for now it's just going to be another gimmick used to sell phones.

Re:Minority Report advertising (1)

GoVegan (72692) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408779)

And yes, I know that they mention watching trailers in the article, but I don't think watching trailers on today's mobile phones is going to be very effective or impressive.

Why does my phone keep beeping? (4, Insightful)

curtisk (191737) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408759)

How are the phones choosing what to "receive", point and "click"? thats a little vague. And what happens if someone slams a bunch (of different ones) up on a wall, which tag, or do you get them all? Who will administer all these tags? Can coke go around and plop them on pepsi billboards? Can a prankster (heheh) make some to well, in essense spam users with their messages? It sounds like a cool idea, but the implementation issues sound potentially horrible.

Re:Why does my phone keep beeping? (1)

mechaZardoz (633923) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408897)

re-read the article:

"Furthermore, you can place tags close together, so a user can select between several different pieces of content in one location," said Jonathan Morgan, CEO of Hypertag. Multiple tags located close to each other can provide a variety of information on the same subject.

The Hypertag server manages the content linked to each tag, allowing tag owners to monitor and easily update what Web page consumers get on their phone when they click at the tag. New exhibits or more information would simply involve changing the content linked to a tag or adding more tags.

Better use (4, Funny)

Lt Razak (631189) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408763)

I'd like to point and click on a girl walking buy, and having www.XXXgirlnextdoor.com or www.milf.com pop up, showing the nekkid details.

phones on ... great (2, Insightful)

Ian 0x57 (688051) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408764)

Just what I need, people turning their phones ON in the theater. The last thing we need is encouragement to bring more phones.

Make it better?! (3, Funny)

geekmetal (682313) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408777)

"Looking even further ahead, Hypertag will use visual recognition, so phone users can point their phone at a magazine or newspaper article and be linked to a Web page, and even sound," said Morgan. "Using sound would allow TV viewers to access related Web pages by pointing and clicking their phone at the television.

So that we can read painfully from our cell phone screens instead of reading the printed material? Hmm.. Wonder how further they think they will go..

What it'll be used for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408781)

You'll be able to point your cell phone at a woman and call up all the online pr0n she appears in.

a shopping aid.... (1)

scottymonkeypants (627445) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408782)

This sounds like an interesting technology, especially in the cd/video store settings.

Beyond product reviews, it would be nice to have access to sample clips and/or movie trailers. I can just imagine, back when I worked in a record store, the help that this would have been every time some random customer came in looking for the ubiquitous "that one song by that one guy with that line that goes like..." :-)

Seriously, though, with the widespread adoption of PDAs and cell phones nowadays, this could be a very powerful selling tool in the hands of a retailer savvy enough to make proper use of it.

Not a new concept (2, Informative)

Mwongozi (176765) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408786)

AT&T UK's research division (the same people who took over the VNC project) have been exploring similar ideas within buildings in the Sentient Computing Project [att.com] .

I bet retailers will fight tooth and nail... (5, Funny)

FatSean (18753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408792)

No longer would consumers be fooled by packaging and out-of-context reviews! All the crap merchandise would have to be reduced to their actual value. "Top Gun" will sell for $3 on DVD.

Re:I bet retailers will fight tooth and nail... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408808)

What the hell is wrong with "Top Gun"?

More better use. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6408796)

I'd like to be able to point it at CDs and DVDs in stores and with a click have my home computer download them as warez.

[humor]

2001 (-1, Offtopic)

I'm a racist. (631537) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408806)

This was interesting, but still rather rough, when I saw it demonstrated at CeBit in 2001. None of the operators were on board, yet. They must have liked what they saw, and jumped on it right away, to get it ready for the public by now. One of the features demonstrated involved sending a bar code to the phone. This bar code would then be your ticket into the movie. That seems like a rather weak security model to me, but who knows.

I suppose it's neat technology. Although, it's not terribly innovative. Personally, I have little interest in using this, but the consumer-masses may just love it. At least they're putting 3G to some use...

Google The Movie Poster (1)

Zardoz44 (687730) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408811)

Why not make a cell phone with a screen good enough to view a webpage, and then make a half-decent input device. Once you do that, you can actually use google to find information about products. Do you think you're going to get unbiased product reviews from the store trying to sell it?

Or better yet, a wireless internet connection directly to your brain. Why not just go all the way?

IRID's : Basically smarter RFIDs (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408813)

These look like smart RFID devices, except that they are IRID devices.

Yesterday's article on RFIDs [slashdot.org] talked about how RFID tags would be used to keep track of inventory, etc. People were concerned that they would hurt privacy, as locations of RFID tags could be traced. What the article never talked about yesterday was the infrastructure that would be needed to actually keep track of the individual tags.

The IRID guys have taken this a step further, by moving out of the Walmart-warehouse like location, and developing servers to track the tags, and beam information to and from the cellphones. With all the emphasis on locating the devices, the same sort of privacy issues that apply to RFIDs would apply here too.

But the positive point is, that users would actually be able to opt-in for these devices, if they find them desirable, rather than the RFID idea which was more opt-out (subtle reference earlier spam article :).

How about a simple upc scanner on a cellphone? (1)

Billy the Mountain (225541) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408822)

Then when you go shopping, you can get Consumer Reports info, or in the grocery store, you can get specific dietary information.

Re:How about a simple upc scanner on a cellphone? (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408878)

What kind of an idiot would sit and research every single item hes buying at the supermarket?

Gawd.. I'd probably kill that asshole who's blocking the aisle while he researches the nutritional differences between Cocoa Puffs and Cocoa Pebbles.

[snide] Fair and Balanced [ /snide] on your phone. (2, Insightful)

switcha (551514) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408826)

I'd like to use it at video rental places and CD stores to get product reviews.

I'm sure that the rollout of that would never involve the media companies signing on (or walking across the hall) with the phone companies to control that content.

"This 'Cell-O-Matic' review of this fine MGM movie, brought to you by...MGM"

hmmm - a better use (4, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408835)

Howzabout I point the thing at a pretty girl, and it reads her RFID tags and tells me what her blog URL is...now *that's* an 'enabling technology'! :)

Re:hmmm - a better use (1)

mtrupe (156137) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408871)

one major flaw with this concept.... Pretty girls don't have blogs.

Now if you point it at an ugly girl, yeah, you'll probably be linked to her blog.

The real usage (5, Insightful)

Torgo's Pizza (547926) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408836)

It's hard enough
to read the current
text on my cell phone
that has a screen no
wider than this mess
age. I can't imagine
reading lengthy discuss
ions of art works and
paintings on a cell
phone. I think my thumb
would break from hitting
the scroll button const
antly.

Logistics & Supply Chain Management Apps (2, Interesting)

HighOrbit (631451) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408837)

Put one of these on a shipping container, a box, or a pallet and then tie the returned webpage to a back-end database and you could have a killer app for transportation manifests and shipping invoices.

Real World Hyperlink for Goatse.cx? (0)

jinglecat (673072) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408838)

What would that be?

well, maybe it is not so great (1)

kipsate (314423) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408839)

First of all, near movie theaters you can most often watch trailers playing on the television screens around the theater. But let's pretend I manage to look over that. Then:

Point & shoot with my mobile to a movie poster near my favourite theater, and pray to be lucky enough that it is one that responds with sending a URL back to my phone? A one-in-a-thousand chance. And I am already getting annoyed when a url in my browser does not work. This will not encourage its use.

But suppose I get lucky. Download a movie trailer on my 28k8 bps mobile phone which may take 30 minutes even for a low resolution one? I think not.

Ok, suppose we go this far. But, watch a movie trailer on a 220 x 160 (at most) pixel display? No thank you.

Now let's say am a person with no life, that got lucky enough to be able to download a trailer. What's that you say? I have to pay $$$ for the mb's I've downloaded? Oh I see, I guess that made me a loser now as well in front of my buddies.

I am somewhat sceptic. Also for its other uses ($$$).

(And why use expensive, unreliable infrared transmission? I'd say put RFID-tags into posters etc. instead, no power required and much cheaper. If this is such a good idea, mobile phone makers will be sure to make their phones able to read . But I'm not holding my breath.)

One thing left to do. (2, Funny)

aeinome (672135) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408840)

Get pr0n via strip club adverts.

Good idea (2, Funny)

stud9920 (236753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408851)

...because everyone should leave his GSM online when in the cinema.

Nifty idea, but suffers from fatal flaws (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408860)

Assuming the technology can be implemented without problems (which it should), I still see tons of launch problems.

Unless this can be launched in a big way, it won't be very useful. Users with enhanced cell phones / other viewers, will be frustrated with a lack of content to browse, and much content will go unviewd by people lacking compatible browsers. Even if the people have usable browsers, and the content is available, most of the population won't bother to learn how to use it. I mean, how many people are just getting around to setting their VCR/DVD clocks? (Not the slashdot crowd, of course! But they are more than us)

Plus, how many people are willing to look like a geek in public pointing their cell phone at a poster, while mashing on some "browse" button, because the bottom of the poster states "Hypertag Enabled, Point Here for More Information!"? If this is to succeed, that's what many, many people need to do.

A use for product reviews??? (1)

HydeMan (638036) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408861)

Are you kidding? Why on earth would they provide anything but a glowing review? Do you think the reviews would be independent? Of course not! Besides, only the /. crowd is geek enough to carry a device around to read product reviews, when simply looking at the box could provide the same content. Again, to provide enough content for it to be useful, the manufacturers themselves would have to provide the content.

Reviews (4, Insightful)

Mikey-San (582838) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408865)

As a few funny posts have pointed out, you'll never see reviews for products in the stores, and if you /do/ see them, you aren't going to see the really terrible reviews--accurate, perhaps, but still bad, so their accuracy is irrelevant--in the store next to the aisle where you'll find said reviewed product.

Not to take the opportunity to take a shot at Microsoft (seriously), but IE does something in the same mindset. Rather, it doesn't do something:

It doesn't block pop-up windows. Why? Advertising is what would be blocked, and Microsoft wants more people to advocate its browser. If company A has a product that company B is going to hide or recommend you don't touch, company A won't care about company B's method of delivery.

Capitalism(tm): Pro-consumer all the way!*

*void in the real world

Music recognition service in the UK (4, Interesting)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408879)

There is an interesting system just launched in the UK where you dial a number on your phone, then hold your phone up to the source of the music for thirty seconds. It hangs up, and then messages you back with the name of the song, if it can work it out. This return message then costs you 25p for the trouble.

It's automated, but gawd knows how it does it. That has to be some seriously clever software doing music detection. Either way, I figured it's yet another 'real world' hyperlink example.

Unfortunately the name of the service escapes me, although it's advertised regularly on London's KISS FM. Does anyone else here know about this? I believe you can access the service by 'using the numbers down the middle of your phone..' 2580, perhaps? Just goes to show how good radio advertising really is! Ha! :-)

But Will It Work On People? (0)

tds67 (670584) | more than 11 years ago | (#6408880)

This technology will be useful after all people get chip implants.

Imagine being able to point and click at a woman and get information about her on your mobile device, like age, sexual preferences, medical history, likes/dislikes, etc. Ah, the future looks bright indeed!

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