Our initial target market for this device is tweens to twenty-somethings who use IM with local friends. Because of the ability for arbitrary data and behaviors to be created, no doubt there will be emergent characteristics that will arise. It's very likely that the 'killer app' may not be anything we've thought of, we have given our best shot here.
Speck's capabilities make it well suited to function in a variety of ways.
Speck can be programmed with messages and alerts, informing friends of proximity and status:
Speck is also useful for transferring and receiving information:
Speck's presence detection can not only be set to alert you to those you want to see, but also those that you don't:
Additional uses for college students could include:
- Exchanging playlists, favorite bands at a concert
- Detection/alerts based on said musical taste
- Automatically exchanging event/day schedules with friends
- Finding a friend to go to lunch/study/shop/ with/talk to
- Finding someone at a party with similar interests who is a friend of a friend
- Sending contact information to someone you meet
- Advertising books/cds/junk you might want or have for sale (craigslist you walk around with)
- Being able to set alert to avoid seeing someone
- Meeting new people
Additional uses For high schoolers:
- Heads up about pop quizzes
- Being able to find a "crush" around campus, know when he/she is in the area
- Setting alerts about extra-curricular activities
- Telling everyone about event/party/car wash/game
Speck can be useful both for chance proximity, but also for more organized or regular occurences. In such situations, Speck could assist by automatically exchanging day plans. Speck could assist greatly in fluidtime coordination for large social groups.
Speck interactions also add a slight buffer of asynchronous communication to face-to-face encounters, alleviating some of the pressures involved in either contacting someone or when interacting with them. Users can save information for others to access at their leisure, and vice versa.
With arbitrary privacy controls, Speck can be easily extended to function in a variety of ways, passing information to strangers based on complex rulesets.