Future of Internet Search: Mobile version by Mac Funamizu


“This is what I wish the internet search will be able to do with a mobile device in the NEAR future. Touch screen, built in camera, scanner, WiFi, google map (hopefully google earth), google search, image search… all in one device. Like this way, when you can see a building through it, it gives you the image search result right on the spot.
I think the following ideas should enhance the functionality of this device. Many applications like these will be developed that have never been possible.”

“Choose a building and touch a floor and it tells you more details of the building.
Well, it doesn't have to be a building, but it can be any object you see. You can use it when you want to know a car model, an insect name, what kind of food is served at a restaurant and how much, who built a bridge, etc. etc. But as a designer myself, I hope it's able to tell me a name of a font of the type I see, the size, color (in RGB), and so on.”


“It's got a scanner built in, so you can use it this way when you want to check the meaning of a word in the newspaper, book, magazine, etc.”


“It would be much easier to read a real book. You can use the dictionary, wikipedia, thesaurus and anything else available on the web. What do you think?”

Part2:"Future of Mobile Internet Search: Applications"
“I think the following ideas should enhance the functionality of the device I introduced. Many applications like these will be developed that have never been possible.”

“Indoor guide
Works in a building, airport, station, hospital, etc.”

“Automatic simultaneous translation”

“Search keyword
Helpful when you want to find out a word from a lot of text”

Part3:"Look at What You Don't See Through Glass"

“You can even see flowers that are not actually blooming.”

Part4:"Future of Mobile Search for Diet"

“Mainly because I don't usually care about nutrition when I eat, this kind of function would be helpful for people like me.”

Part5:"Future of Mobile Search- Search Beyond Time"

“Getting data of a weather forecast, maybe this might be possible.”

“When you wonder what the scene you're looking at was like in the past, you can see it.”

“This might be off-topic, but it would be nice if it could work in sync with Google Maps like this.”

Part6:"Future of Mobile Search- Power of Visualization"

“Visual aid for any book. It means any book can be a picture book.”

“If it could be wirelessly in sync with your mobile phone or other mobile devices, visualized data exchange could be done like Microsoft Surface, but with this device, you wouldn't have to stick with 2D.”

Part7:"Future of Mobile Search: Virtual Shopping #1?

“I'm pretty sure companies like Ikea would quickly start to use this device this way if it became really available.”

Part8:"Speech Balloons for the Hearing-Impaired"
“Speech balloons in comic books show very well how the characters speak. If we could instantly visualize how people speak, wouldn't it be nice for the hearing-impaired? It means they can SEE our voices.”

“Stressed words are rendered larger than those spoken less loudly.”

“Arrows of the balloons show from where it's spoken (of course).”

“A scream is shown in a balloon with jags.”

“Imitation sounds are also rendered, but with other colors than spoken words.”

“When spoken to from out of the screen, it shows the words with the direction the voice is from.”

“A pair of glasses with the same functions could replace the device if we could figure out a good way not to block visual information.”

Looking Glass for iPhone. The iPhone version for this concept

“Minority Report-like data exchange like this?”

Found at: http://petitinvention.wordpress.com/2008/02/10/future-of-internet-search-mobile-version/

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