Designs for the Better World

web2.0

Looking Glass for iPhone: App Integration

Looking Glass for iPhone2
Mail, iCal, phone, Map with GPS, Google Docs, etc. etc. with real time scan search

Looking Glass for iPhone2

See also #1 of this concept.


The Ball’s in My Court? I Was Waiting for Your Answer!

That happens very often, doesn’t it? Then why not visually check who’s turn to answer and how many answers are on hold in your Mail app?

who\'s got the ball mail plugin

A blue ball means “It’s MY turn to answer”, while the yellow is “I’m waiting for an answer”. If you keep ignoring a question, the ball gets bigger and bigger!

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“WHO’S GOT THE BALL” image visualizes who’s turn to give an answer. In the message area, the correspondent question is highlighted.

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If it’s you who are waiting for an answer, there’s a yellow ball held by the other side.

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In most cases, though, there are more than one question in a message. In that case, you’ve got as many balls as the questions being asked!

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Real-World Folder Sorting

mac os folder actions
In the REAL world, I usually name the folder with a large title. Of course I choose a typeface for the title and a folder color.

mac os folder actions
When I have multiple compartments in the folder, put the titles on the tags.

mac os folder actions 

If I have many items in one folder, I add an index on it. Yeah, usually.

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Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

I’m kind of new to this social networking services, so I’m not sure if there’s a service like this already. What I’m thinking is to upload a new blog post or a photo/image to multiple services AT A TIME FROM THE DESKTOP. Drag and drop the file from the desktop to this application, choose what to do to it, like upload, edit or delete (cancel). You can add the options to multiple services and upload it at a time. I’m skipping all the possible small glitches to adjust, but I hope you get the image of it.

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

That way, you can visually understand which file/post goes to which services.

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Digital, but analog bookmark

digital, but analog bookmark for a web browser

digital, but analog bookmark for a web browser

To me, THIS is a bookmark. And I quite often write down something on a page like this for various purposes.

Wouldn’t it happen on the desktop, too?

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WiFi, web application and a Starbucks with rentable small office(?)

Web applications for iPod Touch and iPhone are now released by Google, which include search, gmail, calendar, docs, etc. I tried them a little and now the home page is already bookmarked as my portal site. It works fast!!! I even found it works faster than the apps installed in iPod. Amazing!

It works so well that I even think an iPod can go well without apps installed, which might have been the original plan by Apple though. With a browser that works, most of the things can be done. In the near future, graphic and motion apps will be available. Even fonts won’t have to be installed in your PC.

By the way, my commuter train now throws a campaign that allows us to use free WiFi for as long as we want once a day. It’s only for iPod Touch users. (There’s no iPhone in Japan yet.) With that service, I don’t have to buy a newspaper or magazine to read on a train: I can read them on the net. (Sometimes I have to pay some money to be a member to have a full view of the contents, of course.) Also, I can deal with Word and Excel documents, move the data and send them by email. With a small device, I can WORK on a train. I can also read the blogs I have to check.

I believe this is already a business that someone started, but I hope there’s an office to rent, which is equipped with a PC with a browser and a WiFi connection. You can choose a scanner, printer or fax as an option, and the fees depend on the hours or days you rent and the office size (from one for 1 person). Renting a cool office for yourself costs a lot, so there will be lots of people who want to rent a beautiful office where we even think they want to invite someone. How about an office like a Starbucks? I’ve seen many people talking to their customers or affiliates in a Starbucks store. Soundproof walls should be installed so that we won’t have to worry someone will hear our talks. And this is what I want: you can order a coffee from your PC and a clerk will serve you. The fee is automatically added, so it’s easily done. Or, there can be a bar counter where you can pour your coffee for yourself for free.

The data is stored in the web server, so other people can access it from other places. WIth that, you don’t have to be a freelance.
So what do you think? Or are there places like this already?
Cool office you can rent at a Starbucks?


Customizing your drink in website before going to Starbucks

Customizing your drink in website before going to Starbucks

How about having a website where you can customize your cup of Starbucks coffee as you like (hopefully intuitively with lots of visual aids) on your PC, mobile or PDA and SEND it to your favorite Starbucks store? You just go to the store and tell your number given in the website, and the clerk says “OK, you pre-ordered ‘Grande Add shot Caramel Light Whip Caramel Sauce Mocha Sauce White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino’, right?” instead of your saying it. In the website, you see other customers’ choices, suggestions, tips for your choice, rankings, etc. Some of those are already realized in the Japanese Starbucks website, but I believe they can add some Amazon-like features to it. It’s wiin-win-win situation for you, Starbucks and other customers.