While talking to Claus about strategies for saving words on paper digitally, this idea crossed my mind as a way of indicating what on a page is interesting. It might need a bit of stabilizing or snapping, but then again, your own highlights aren’t always that precise.
I was helping my mum turn her iPad wi-fi on and off. Since remote controlling her iPad is not an option, I was dreaming of an app like this. It could probably work for repairing bikes and choosing the right meat at the supermarket, too.
It works like this: The person who needs help opens an app and connects to the helper person. Once connected, the app turns into a camera preview and streams the video to a client on a desktop, tablet or even a phone at the helper side.
The helper can then speak and point out subjects in the view. In this case, the wifi on/off switch on his mum’s iPad. To make sure the dot doesn’t float around, the app could use simple video processing (like contrast matching) to make it stay in place.
I visit websites of real-life shops from time to time. They can be handy and they can be annoying. When I found this Oatmeal comic (that referred to this excellent xkcd diagram) I was reminded about an old sketch I had lying around.
Shop websites tend to look like this
UPDATE: I’m sorry, shop websites do of course look like this
In 99% of cases what I need is this
In the remaining 1 per cent of cases I want to search their inventory or look up stock status. If I need the address I’ll probably just search Maps on the phone. The phone number is at times an efficient way to do it. It’s a little more cool if you think of it as Siri with a lot better pronunciation.
Nonetheless I sometimes spend minutes looking for opening hours.