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A Fitbit vibration and theme song plays when you get into proximity with someone

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Contrived _voice Apr 12, 2022
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Whenever you are out in public and you run into someone but you don't actively notice each other, the Fitbit plays their theme song so you know they are near you. You can then decide whether you'll stop and look around for them.
Why?
  • People changed during the pandemic and if you both don't post any of your pictures online, a small change like growing out your hair throws people for a loop and you end up missing each other.
  • Walking while deep in thought means you aren't actively paying attention to people, which is counterintuitive because talking to people would help you get out of your own head. It would be great to have the device do that for me
How it works
Fitbits come with a proximity sensor so they can tell how far away your phone is, what if they added another for a fitbit to fitbit connectivity feature. If that seems like too much,you can just use the phone's location position then just send a message to your fitbit.
You send a code to someone's phone and once they have the code and turn the feature on, they get a notice whenever you are within 100m of each other. The code has a theme song attatched that you can decide on.
Now you have a theme song that everyone can hear before you engage with them. seems like a fun feature.
Extra bonus
Is a great prop for a scary movie.
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Use it for meeting people

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J. Nikola
J. Nikola May 10, 2022
What if we added a "social mode" feature in music apps on smartphones?
Why?
  • Meet new people on the go
  • Seemingly introduce yourself without saying anything
  • A new way of social interaction
How would it work?
You would turn on your favorite music app and start listening. You also turned "social mode" ON and recorded a short voice message where you introduce yourself. You start walking in the park and you hear a notification. A random pop-up window appears with a profile photo and a recorded voice message introduction plays (or you press play). You hear a 10 sec message from the stranger that is somewhere nearby. If you are interested in meeting him/her, you look for them in your surroundings. If the message didn't impress you, you skip the notification and continue listening to music. Another notification pops up. And another. And another. You become sick of the notifications pausing your favourite song, so you turn OFF the "social mode" and continue listening to your favourite playlist. Nobody ever gets notified if you checked their profile or not.
Additional features
Sharing music
There could be a feature allowing you to "connect to somebody's earphones" by enabling you to hear what they listen to at that moment. It should be enabled only if both users are in social mode and both agree to share the music.
Sharing running/walking statistics
It could also be combined with running apps so you can see how much did a person running next to you ran by now and what are their stats. It could be like a motivation for those lacking some.
Sharing social media accounts nearby
If a person wants to connect with people running in the park, it could turn on the "social mode" and share its social media accounts with people walking/running/sitting nearby.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw5 months ago
Theoretically, courts can also order people who have restraining orders against them to be fitted with non-removable bands that would alert the people with a restraining order against them if they are closer than they are allowed to be and prevent people from walking into their stalkers/abusers by accident or allow them to call for help if they feel unsafe.
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice5 months ago
Spook Louw That's a pretty smart direction to go with it
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