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Normob watch

Sat on the train down to London this morning I saw a great piece of normob behaviour. A little bit like Ewan’s recent ‘Does your phone do numbers?’ post, it made me smile, so I thought I’d share it with you.

An older gentleman (possibly 65 ish) got an old Nokia out of his jacket pocket (unfortunately I didn’t see the exact model); took it out of its protective wallet and then got ready to make a call. However, instead of accessing the phone’s address book, he opened up a piece of paper that was in the wallet and typed the number into his phone.

Having a written list of the most used numbers was something that my grandparents used to keep by their old landline phone. If they were alive, I could imagine them using a mobile in exactly the same way as this guy sat near me did. This guy didn’t want to use all the clever applications that you and I might … he just wanted to make voice calls while he was mobile.

While I agree that the industry needs to keep innovating, part of the issue is that normobs like this are still a big part of the market for the operators et al.

Of course, as I was on an East Midlands train, the poor guy had no reception … so even his most basic requirement wasn’t met!

16 replies on “Normob watch”

Future app for Nokias: on startup, you are prompted to take a photo of said handwritten list of most-used numbers (or noticeboard at home, or page in FiloFax etc).

It OCR's the info, and presents it on-screen for confirmation.

Naaaahhhh……

yeah, so could ScanR, in theory 😉

Problem is having a lense / pixel combo that allows you to capture text. Anything below about 2MP/no Macro mode can't get businesscard info into ScanR. The resolution is too low, and moving closer looses focus.

Future app for Nokias: on startup, you are prompted to take a photo of said handwritten list of most-used numbers (or noticeboard at home, or page in FiloFax etc).

It OCR's the info, and presents it on-screen for confirmation.

Naaaahhhh……

yeah, so could ScanR, in theory 😉

Problem is having a lense / pixel combo that allows you to capture text. Anything below about 2MP/no Macro mode can't get businesscard info into ScanR. The resolution is too low, and moving closer looses focus.

yeah, so could ScanR, in theory 😉

Problem is having a lense / pixel combo that allows you to capture text. Anything below about 2MP/no Macro mode can't get businesscard info into ScanR. The resolution is too low, and moving closer looses focus.

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