Two ideas that got me excited today were not related to PeopleSoft deliverables, but something that happened at the end of the day.
The first was figuring out the restaurant address. My manager removed his Android phone and did a voice search on a restaurant. The results found out matched to what was requested for -- albeit wrong place.
The second thing happened was right at the dinner table at Don Pablo's, we all were sharing some great information and enjoying some good Mexican food. Everyone with their smartphone were bragging about different apps and how they use them. One of the colleague showed me an app that she uses every day to track the calorie intakes. The app was called my fitness pal. It's a great app.
At the end of the dinner, it dawned to me that we are in this beautiful transition phase where we are seeing with our own eyes how the world interacts and is changing so rapidly. This two activities also gave me an idea for 2 apps that can be developed.
1. When my manager did a voice search, it should have only displayed the search results for the location the manager was rather than specifying the place. This should be simple for Google. Now note, he was signed on to Google with location services ON, yet it displayed the hotel in British Columbia, Canada.
The phone should be smart to local search no matter what app I am using.
2. The calorie counter app was great -- but could be awesome by adding location aware features. Rather than looking for a restaurant to enter the item that I ate, why not the app locate the place that I am and display the menu? Why not have a feature to do a goggles feature to scan the item and list the calories and if the person decides to order it, add it to the calorie counter?
This is exciting time for developers to develop applications based on real life experiences.