Scott Jenson

Talking about “I'm looking links to non-goofy IoT scenarios” on Branch. Who has something to add? branch.com/b/i-m-looking-…

@scottjenson here’s a little one I came up with recently: intelligent map billboards.

I’m walking through a city I’m not familiar with, going to a concert at 19:35. I headed out a little late but am confident I’ll get there in time.

I approach a map billboard. My phone and the billboard connect; either because I’ve given it permissions to connect to devices owned by the city council or just by default.

The billboard requests my average speed over the last 5 mins, and, as this is a piece of data I’m happy to share, my phone complies. The billboard updates it’s display with concentric rings centred around the “you are here”, showing where I can go in 5, 10, 15 minutes if I continue at my present speed. Possibly it would also show the time I would get there.

I see that the concert venue is just outside the 10 minutes ring; the ETA being 19:45. Damn, that’s 10 minutes late! I speed up my pace or get on a city bike and arrive at the concert in time.