Convergence IV: Snailmail Notification On Your Mobile Phone
By James Grahame
I'm going to add my bit to the Convergence Series that Bohus started a few days ago. Australia Post now offers their 'Mail2Day' email or SMS notification to let you know when a letter or package arrives in your P.O. box. This is a great idea for those of us who have to make a trip to the post office to collect mail -- a great melding of real-world practicality and technology.
The mobile phone has always puzzled me. Mine has more horsepower than most classic computers, but it still struggles to efficiently integrate itself into my life -- I'd never use the awful built-in calendar, it can't play mp3s, and it takes dismal photos. Perhaps we'll soon have a zillion truly useful phone widgets that solve real-world problems? I'd like a universal train/bus schedule, mobile Google maps, and a good searchable online phone book for mine, please.