First post in a new category.
Notd is like the
unix motd, but with "News" instead of "Message".
I'll make up the details of the category as I go, but
the general topic will be a piece of daily news that seems specially
interesting (to me) for one reason or another;
let's see how long I can keep it up.
The NY Times has a piece on the new
Bar Codes designed for Camera Phones.
The basic idea is that these bar codes will be everywhere in the physical world;
you just take a picture of the bar code and the software on your camera will decode it to
pull the data from the web.
Within this basic premise the possibilities seem unlimited: real-estate information, public transit,
retail prices, driving directions, ads in print, etc, etc.
Given the market penetration of camera phones, and the increased network connectiviy, this seems a
As the NYTimes puts it, the cellphone as the universal control.
Add some locale awareness, some voice recognition, voice synthesis...
The adoption may be very quick, we will see.