Suggestion: NanoNote Personalities Program

sjl at sjl at
Sat Sep 12 16:36:17 EDT 2009

NanoNote Personalities Program[1]

You know the changable cellphone cover fad, where they snapped on
different colorful plastic covers? The NanoNote should offer
different "spins" offering different types of functionality,
aka "personalities".

Example personalities:
* graphing calculator 
* electronic spelling dictionary / translator
* travel buddy (wikitravel / openstreetmap)
* puzzle games
* beginner programming languages (python, pascal, etc)
* Gutenberg ebooks reader

Every personality would be available both as a downloadable
image and preinstalled on SD cards sold as NN accessories.
Every SD card would have a custom sticker to show at a 
glance which personality is installed on it.
There would be a little case or slipcover for the NN
that would include a little compartment for an SD collection.

Company responsibilities:

* Pay an artist to work with personality development teams on a
  a splashscreen + tiny SD sticker art for each team
* Pay good tech writers to develop user guides for each personality;
  bonus points for paying tech writers to help out on developer docs!!
* Provide hosting for personality development teams, but also support 
  mirroring of install images for teams that want to use their
  own server
* Hire knowledgable and good-tempered customer support engineers
  willing to shield developers from grumpy customers and
  customers from grumpy developers
* Handle retail of the pre-installed SDs, including the custom
  stickers for branding (also offer stickers separately for those
  who want to download images to already-owned SD)
* Offer to donate some portion of pre-installed SD / sticker profit to
  project designated by leaders of corresponding dev team

Developer team responsibilities:

Most of the personalities would use the openwrt base, but some of
the ones intended for hacking might slap the NN kernel into another
embedded distro, e.g. a gentoo embedded experiment (gentoo has 
mips support).

* Work with artist to come up with custom splashscreen 
  and SD sticker art
* Make sure the official splashscreen for the personality gets
  displayed at boot
* Answer questions from tech writer regarding user guide

[1] "program" in the sense of "something you can participate in",
    not in the sense of "code a computer executes"
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