Ben NanoNote use cases

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[edit] Ron K. Jeffries

None of us should be confused about what a challenge it will be to sell a large enough volume to make manufacturing NanoNotes commercially viable.

Let's discuss use cases A) for the Ben NanoNote and B) with various added hardware capabilities

[edit] Jeevas Vasudevan

A)Will it be possible to convert nanonote into a functional Oscilloscope with the inbuilt audio ADC's using something similar to xoscope. Oscilloscope is something which is badly in need for every Electronics hobbyist.

B)A good sound recorder.

[edit] Hans Bezemer

  • As a portable word processor. As described here, it is quite feasible to give the Ben that capability. Several columns published in the Dutch IT Infra magazine have been written with the Ben.
  • A cheap console for reviving a locked up Linux machine, that is not connected to a home LAN, as described here.

[edit] Jon Phillips

My thoughts and seeing reactions to the device:

  • one-off functionality as a translator, map, read any wiki, bible, torah quran, Hindu Scriptures or Buddhist Dharma reader
  • co-branded multifunctional promotional vehicle for companies
  • co-branded guide for museums and galleries, walking tours, etc
  • portable gaming device
  • high end music and media player, but not a strong selling point in the competitive market...

Others have some basic ideas? Would be great to expand these to find weaknesses in the rationale... Also with nanonote, we don't have to sell a gajillion to move the project and company to the next level. I'll leave it to wolfgang to explain that, but of course love to move these guys...

[edit] Carlos Iván Camargo Bareño

[edit] David Reyes Samblas Martinez

  • Arduino HMI (Human/Machine Interface)
  • Remote controler for Multimedia apps (Boxee, XBMC...)

[edit] Zear

  • multi language dictionary/translator with festival (text to speech engine)
  • PIM/alarm clock
  • notepad
  • Java ME emulator (apps [especially opera mini], games)
  • tea steeping/cooking clock (ability to remember cooking times for different meals/tea types, ability to alert when the meal is ready)

[edit] Polossatik

  • remote for a audio/video setup. Hack a IR LED into it and you have universal remote.
  • interface to home automation (misterhouse client?).(possibly with zigbee to reduce power consumption?)

[edit] Ron K Jeffries

  • secure password vault -- This is what I wanted the NanoNote for but backup is a problem. I was hoping to be able to dump an encrypted file onto usb key. The microSDHC card is just not convenient enough when it comes to being able to transfer data to other devices. And plugging into a computer is a big no-no as any useful computer will be connected to the net and therefore compromiseable. Karl O. Pinc
  • most PDA apps, especially an easy to use database
  • contacts, with ability to sync with Gmail contacts

[edit] Bas Wijnen

  • Sound ripping tool, appearing to the USB host as an external sound card, and recording what's sent to it (without quality loss).

[edit] Daniel Clark

[edit] Communications device

  • Communications device for people who want a replacement for the openmoko (eg hackable / supportable by free software device). Used in conjunction with MiFi 2200 or similar hardware to interface with 3G networks, SMS sending via pygooglevoice, receiving SMS via email, and voice via VoiP. This would require some variety of TCP/IP connection to the phone. Ideally this would be wireless, but that may be problematic - see Libre Wifi for ideas on how to get wifi, or some type of other wireless networking, working on the Ben Nanonote.

[edit] Hackerspaces / MAKE

Platform for hackerspaces / make type people to do random cool stuff.


[edit] Cristian Paul Peñaranda Rojas

  • computer to control a cnc machine/reprap/makerbot
  • secondary display to show notifications from a computer
  • on the fly speech translator?

[edit] Rafael Campos Las Heras (a.k.a. Methril)

  • my PDA.
  • my first Copyleft HW (MIPS architecture). I love to test different architectures, and i could add one more architecture to my knowledges.
  • Test some features in RealTime (with RTAI or PREEMPT_PATCH)
  • Try to help with the amazing ideas all you have :)

[edit] Calamar

  • Autonomous datalogger via arduino (universities are spending tons of public money on private sh*t)
  • Energy systems monitoring interface
  • Travel kit (think it will be a nice companion to la fonera)
  • Pentesting tool
  • Diagnostic tool to setup wifi spots in the wild

[edit] xsb

  • personal agenda (pal works well)
  • video player (mplayer)
  • transport crypted personal files
  • device for taking notes
  • gaming console
  • street map

[edit] unclouded

  • A sky map you can take into the garden. Nightsky was made for this
  • C64 / C16 / VIC20 emulator. VICE builds well in OpenWrt with the SDL UI. Not packaged to avoid discussion over the ethics of .d64 files
  • A UN*X-friendly interface to Debian chroots on Android phones
  • Learning games for children

[edit] Jane

It looks like these are more like "hoped use cases" than cases already brought to fruition

I would like to note that I seem to be the most ambitious Nanonote prospector. Maybe that can be a useful challenge in the future if someone wants to "outdo me" From the outset I will make clear that ideally (we are not there yet) Nanonote would be a viable platform to migrate to from a netbook or laptop. My main focus for the Nanonote is as a creative platform for viable, legitimate artistic works be they visual, audio, or some combination.

  • typing tutor
  • self teaching platform
 (learn MIPS architecture, programming, and most importantly, GNU/Linux/FOSS all from within Nanonote)
  • music production (audio recorder, drum machine, midi synths, etc., possibly even audacity?)
  • one application would be to have a "live instrument" using the Ben keyboard as a synthesizer.
  • graphics creation studio (for 2d graphics, animatable)
  • more to come
  • I would like the Nanonote to be like a smaller, more available version of the OLPC One Laptop Per Child Project with even less proprietary components (none at all!)
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