Tue 03 Mar 2009 11:50:55 AM PST
Locale and silencing cell phones
It's a tool that lets you change your cell phone's behavior based on what location you're in.
There's an obvious follow-on to that, and I want to describe it here before some clown patents it. Sort of an honor system cell phone jammer.
The first part of the system is a cell phone with 801.11b connectivity or similar.
The second part of the system is an access point with the ESSSID "Silence your cell phone" or similar, placed to cover a theater or other quiet area. This access point could be very low power and would not have to be connected to a wired network.
Finally, Locale or similar software would detect when the phone is in an advisory silent area, and silence the phone's ringer.