[Loadstone] SMS feature proposal

David Allen wd8ldy at xtra.co.nz
Sat Aug 25 03:24:22 BST 2007


Hi Shawn and list!

Glad to know it's on the list. Anything that is worth doing should be done 
right.

Cheers,
Dave
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shawn Kirkpatrick" <shawn at odyssey.cm.nu>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2007 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] SMS feature proposal


> I'd think you'd probably want to send the distance to the closest point 
> and
> maybe your exact coordinates. It might look rather cryptic because of the
> allowed length unless the information was broken up over multiple 
> messages.
> I'd think the best use of this feature would be to send data to other
> loadstone users. This is pretty far down on the todo list so we have some
> time to figure out how this should be done.
>
> On Sat, 25 Aug 2007, David Allen wrote:
>
>> Hi Mikolaj and list!
>>
>> Very nice idea there. It probably isn't the kind of answer many would be
>> expecting if they ask where are you. *lol* At any rate, I like the 
>> emergency
>> help aspect that this can offer. I read an article a few months back 
>> about a
>> Deafblind woman in the UK who could have benefitted from this feature. 
>> She
>> used an accessible mobile phone to try to tell family and coworkers that 
>> she
>> needed help because her cane had broken in mid journey. She wasn't 
>> exactly
>> sure where she was and there was some poor communication involved. At any
>> rate, LS with this feature added could have been very helpful.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Dave
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Mikolaj Rotnicki" <mikolaj-rotnicki at o2.pl>
>> To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
>> Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:03 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Loadstone] SMS feature proposal
>>
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I primarily thought of sending just the coordinates Latitude / Longitude
>>> in
>>> either decimal or degrees-minutes-seconds format, and the users phone
>>> number
>>> or some kind of userID. You could customize the contents of such SMS
>>> depending who do you send such SMS to (for example: friend, emergency
>>> services etc.)
>>> You could also add some text to the message like: "I need help" etc.
>>> I think that in such info should fit within the standard 160 characters
>>> SMS
>>> length.
>>>
>>> Mikolaj Rotnicki
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Shawn Kirkpatrick" <shawn at odyssey.cm.nu>
>>> To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
>>> Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 8:29 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [Loadstone] SMS feature proposal
>>>
>>>
>>>> We've talked about this a little bit. It's something we want to put in 
>>>> at
>>>> some point. It'll be a pretty big job thoe. Since there's only 160
>>>> characters in an sms it's a bit limited in what can be sent. It should 
>>>> be
>>>> enough for basic point information thoe.
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, 24 Aug 2007, Mikolaj Rotnicki wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hello,
>>>>>
>>>>> I suggest implementing a "Send SMS with your current location" feature
>>>>> in
>>>>> the future versions of LS. It might turn outvery useful while:
>>>>> 1. Being in an emergency situation, and being able to quickly send 
>>>>> your
>>>>> current GPS location to an emergency services or a friend etc.
>>>>> 2. When meeting with another LS user simply sending him our GPS 
>>>>> location
>>>>> to
>>>>> let him import it to his LS and thus locate us quickly.
>>>>>
>>>>> What do you think of this feature?
>>>>> Maybe you have any other examples for its usage?
>>>>>
>>>>> Mikolaj Rotnicki
>>>>>
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