We all set Reminders on our phones for all kinds of things like grocery shopping, making a call, or for meetings. These reminders can only be set in a few existing contexts, which do not match with what we want to be reminded about. Compared with the power smartphones possess by being with us always, and by having all our tasks done through it, reminders need to evolve to be able to do more.
Reminders need to evolve as other facets of smartphones have. With the huge variety in the kind of apps that are coming out, reminders need to be native in the way they are represented. More contexts need to be recognized and used to set reminders.
More experiments are required to hack existing apps and api’s to provide the kind of functionality described here. For other requirements, new standards and api’s need to be adapted by developers to make their apps recognize these new set of reminders.
More complex contexts require additional thinking and tinkering. Creating reminders almost as equivalent to as we think of them requires a very complex implementation of features. This requires some radical rethinking of existing paradigms of how user data is handled in smartphones.
Nov. 12, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
We all mentally set reminders, but the digital ones need to be as or more helpful