Wish List - Hardware
Some small hardware enhancement could be cheap, but very useful. Please add your ideas/wishes here:
- preferably in rotatable turret set into top of unit, so it can face in either direction, making it useful for video conferencing. For a phone to stand a chance in the modern market it will need a camera else it is likely that it won't be bought.
Integrated WiFi hardware
- To sync data
- To access Internet when WiFi is available (at home, work, school, friends)
- For VoIP (this uses much power but maybe the user have the charger connected)
- for videoconferencing (as with AccessGrid)
- Even 802.11b 11Mbps -only would do -- the point is being able to connect it to the Internet without incurring the (sometimes huge) costs of GPRS or (even worse) HSCSD.
- To save power have WiFi able to wake up and check for a designated SSID then sleep again if not found (i.e. I'm not home) or wake up by GPS location (only come up at home and in the office)
- Variable TX power, to the minimum needed to connect to the AP.
- Some sort of caching (encrypted?) internet proxy that can store and forward packets. Instead of having the radio constantly on, it turns the radio on every 30s, for just long enough to register with the AP, and ask the proxy if it has new packets for it.
- An optimisation might be if the hardware, and the AP can do broadcast packets. The receiver is only turned on for .5s/30s, to recieve a broadcast packet saying 'you've got packets' without registering with the AP, or transmitting at all. The GPS synchronises the timing.
- This slows the initial connection to the phone, but most tcp/ip applications will not time out in 30s.
- A blinking LED would be cheap and low power, good for informing the user about new SMS/Email....
- A simple alternative to this would be for one small segment of the LCD to be seperately backlit. There are typically many LEDs in the backlight, all normally on equally. This has the large advantage that you can display reasonable amounts of information on the bit of the screen that's illuminated. The disadvantage is the field of view is smaller, and it's comparatively dimmer, as the LCD absorbs some light.
- Note: the LED and button ideas could be combined: illuminated buttons
- A yellow LED for GSM/GPRS Tx burst, a blue one for Bluetooth/WiFi Tx burst, a green one for non-urgent notifications (sleep state, missed call etc.) and a red one for urgent notifications (battery almost drained out, new SMS etc.). All of this could be done in one, multicoloured (RGB) LED, similar to the nice one on the Yaesu VX-7R.
D-Pad and Buttons
- Adding a D-pad (to the bottom of the phone) and 2 to 4 buttons (to the top) would provide some tactile input controls, in addition to the touchscreen. They could be used as shortcut keys in the menu, or playback control when playing media. When the phone is held sideways, they can be used as games controls. (With touchscreen alone, gameplay options are limited)
This enables the phone to sense where 'down' is - to enable various options.
Change playlists when I'm jogging vs walking. (there ia an mp3 player on the market that does this).
- Can't the GPS information be used for that purpose? It should be possible to derive the phone's velocity from the change in coordinates over time, so such a playlist profile switcher should be a possibility even now already. Abraxa 00:09, 18 February 2007 (CET)
- Yeah in my opinion that is a very cool idea. But for that case the device should be much lighter. I wouldn't go jogging with a device with this size.--denis_std 01:01, 18 February 2007 (CET)
- Could be used to detect when to turn off the display (if the low power IR signal is reflected) and activate the key lock. And could be used as a remote. iPhone has a proximity sensor.
- FIR would be nice as well, but I would settle for SIR if it would be added. Linux already has a working IrDA stack so the standard part would be satisfied. I would be more than glad to write lirc thingies for OpenMoko then :)
Standard 3.5mm jack
- I think everyone interested (and knowledgeable) enough to buy a Neo can make a 2.5mm male to 3.5mm female adaptor cable in under 1/2h and under 10EUR :-)
Certainly - now make it light, small, pretty, durable, tangle-free. I want a 3.5mm jack. The only problem is - are headsets widely available in the same format as 2.5mm. --Speedevil 14:28, 16 February 2007 (CET)
Multi I/O adapter
- VGA, standard Jack (line in & out), standard USB
MMC/SD/SDIO slot (rather than?) miniSD or microSD
- Cheaper cards
- More durable cards
- Cards are harder to lose
- Wider selection of accesories, including SDIO accessories.
- More widely accepted format
- Only because CF takes too much room (or CF would be the wish, instead)
- Make externally available so that larger length SDIO cards can be used
- Replacement backs with additional features
- I believe this would be a great idea, if put into practice. It would solve the extensibility need, usually associated with Open Source projects. It would allow for lots of other devices and for functionality to be developed and put into use without making it a burden for FIC.
Thumb keyboard or keyboard attachment accessory
- Could be slide out or clamshell (hinge on long side) design with an external OLED. The keyboard should be protected when not in use.
- Could be a clip on keyboard that attaches to the serial port or communicates by bluetooth (not preferred for permanent keyboard users).
- cheap clippable miniusb keyboard
LASER keyboard (can be a full QWERTY keyboard)
- someone knowing sth about the price?
- This doesn't sound like it is likely to be cheap, and (at least for myself) I'm looking for a phone/pda/mp3 player, not for a very bad personal computer with a tiny screen that I can barely read. If it were cheap enough, I suppose it would not be a problem, but I doubt I'd pay a premium for it...--Perry 14:52, 15 February 2007 (CET)
- I see. I thought sth. like that. In my opinion it would be better to implement an IrDA connector or use the bluetooth interface to connect to a small keyboard. So you could use it if you want but not everyone has to pay the price for such an exclusive feature --denis_std 19:47, 15 February 2007 (CET)
Ability to insert more than one Sim-Card and (if possible) connect to more than one network at the same time
- Advantages of a RFID tag? I would see a lot privacy problems
- The tag could be switched on or off. A nice feature would be a module able to clone tags. This would unfortunately probably be rather expensive.
- What about an RFID Reader which could be used to locate items with RFID tags (IE: in your house) Alexpb
- That would be a nice feature--denis_std 08:33, 17 February 2007 (CET)
- Host Mode / Device Mode
Dump the egg-shaped case design and go rectangular for more screen space
- I'm all for devices that look great and have great features - aside from that I really like the current design. Thus I'd like to comment that the design change request is probably not the majority's opinion. Abraxa 00:00, 18 February 2007 (CET)
- putting the two speakers on opposite sides of the screen would make the stereo sound much more effective
The screen is 2.8" across. That's not especially effective. Also, the speaker noise does come out the side - look at the grills in the pictures. --Speedevil 06:19, 16 February 2007 (CET)
Small metal frame for protection (like Siemens M65, only with more style)
Free GPIO ports on a connector to allow easy, simple hardware extensions
Hardware acceleration for video playback.
3D hardware acceleration for 3D games, GUIs, etc. (maybe a PowerVR MBX Lite ?).
Alcohol sensor adjacent to microphone. It doesn't have to be accurate, just has to detect any amount of alcohol on the speaker's breath. I understand this is a very narrow market, but alcohol is on every parent's mind.
I had read about it in an Article on http://www.americanairandwater.com/UV-news/. But Motorola patents it. Yes - finally a way to stop the billions of annual deaths due to cellphone infections! --Speedevil 14:04, 16 February 2007 (CET) It´s just something that flying in my head... It´s not the first "unreal" or "useless" idea. Just for fun! --MookiE 14:51, 16 February 2007 (CET)
More seriously - UV of the required frequency is inherently eye-damaging. Also, as I understand it, there are actually no UV LEDs that will reliably produce 'germicidal' UV. The most expensive - and they are very expensive - ones produce UV of a sort that may kill very susceptible bacteria, but comparatively few. IIRC the LEDs are $20 per. --Speedevil 15:11, 16 February 2007 (CET)
Or electronic paper display, EPD is used in many new devices such as the new Motorola motofone, sonys new e-reader and Irex's iliad. The technology provides thin, flexible, power saving screens using new eink technology. This technology could cut the weight of the phone and its power usage. For more info see: eink's website.