December 12, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Thank you all who sent or posted your heartfelt condolences to James Kim's family as well as those of us at CNET. Your words of support, thoughts, and prayers are comforting and truly helped us through this difficult time, and we appreciate you. James's loss was such a tragic incident, but do you think there was any sort of current or future technologies that could have prevented such an event as this one--so that others in the future won't have to face such tragedy? If you have some ideas brewing in your head, we'd like to hear them. This week's hot topic comes directly from CNET Editor Rafe Needleman's Webware blog where he posted a Webware challenge: make cell phones better lifelines. One idea that he and others have been talking about is a Web service that would alert friends, family, or rescue authorities if a traveler doesn't respond to automated check-in calls--and that's just the start. Hopefully more ideas will emerge as well. So check out Rafe's proposal, and post your ideas in the TalkBack section. We are all listening, and if any ideas from you do get some traction, Rafe will report back to us. So join in the discussion, check out what ideas have already surfaced, and let's hear your thoughts. Also don't forget to vote on whose idea you think is most helpful.
This week's hot topic:
Challenge of making cell phones better lifelines
CNET Editor Rafe Needleman's Webware recently posed a challenge to readers: make cell phones better lifelines. And one idea that he and others have been talking about is a Web service that would alert friends, family, or rescue authorities if a traveler doesn't respond to automated check-in calls--and that's just the start. After posting this challenge, many of our members have shared their ideas and opinions with us.
Cell phone emergency distress
"To insure that James's sacrifice will never be forgotten or was not in vain, I propose that we, the Tech-citizens of the U.S., let our voices be heard by our lawmakers; I propose that a law be introduced forcing all cell phone..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member JohnGlennMore on the system in place
"Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are portable units that operate much the same as EPIRBs or ELTs. These beacons are designed to be carried by an individual person instead of on a boat or aircraft. Unlike ELTs and some..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member crestyPower vs. GPS vs. satellite
"There are several ways to make cellular phones more viable "lifelines." Unfortunately, the ability to make this happen rubs both producers and consumers the wrong way. First, the extra power solution may be somewhat..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member buccscottA few problems I foresee...
"Sure, this is a great idea in principle; however, you need to keep in mind a few caveats. Two big problems come to mind: First, there is an enormous privacy concern here. Publishing every bit of your life--where you are..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member JustPeteHereSpeak Up!
Given this opportunity to dream up an idea that may save other people lives, what current or future technology can you think of that can make cell phones better lifelines? Don't hold back and tell us your ideas in this discussion.
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