12/05/2012, 06:15 PM
Well, the city of New York is having a competition to "reinvent the payphone." I've joined a project on the collab site they posted and one of the goals is to have "an intuitive interface for persons of multiple languages and / or disabilities." In addition, the creator of the project wants to open source it.
Personally, I thought Open webOS would be great for a touchscreen payphone design. Just get a few apps to run on a larger display, and voila! I mean, it's open sourced already and intuitive. It'd save us work from creating an entirely new UI and whatnot. And it wouldn't be all of webOS, obviously, for there would be no need for that. Only a few apps and Synergy connectors.
Side note: since we would like to support multiple languages, I think Chinese would be a great addition (since Spanish, French, German, and Italian are already supported). "I think we would obviously like to add support for Chinese (and other languages) to the Open webOS builds. I believe the issue had to do with the lack of open source fonts (and, of course, time to test, package, deploy). This is a great area for the Open webOS community to help out."
Anyhow, even without Chinese, I think this would be an interesting way to get webOS to the masses. At least the masses that would use a payphone 2.0. Any thoughts? Also, if you'd like to help out, feel free to join the project above!