Hey fellow A.nuts,
Given the recent surge in the popularity of flight tracking and flight statistics tools, and the continuing rise of social networking interaction, we've been thinking with a few pals about developing a tool that would offer a personal flight history database, connected to flight tracking data (like ACARS logs or FlightAware) and google maps, and which would have cell recognition for mobile use. Additionally, we're thinking about coupling it with Dopplr, releasing a dedicated Facebook app, and using Bluetooth recognition (like Cityware).
Does anyone have ideas or suggestions?
The idea is that with the above technology you can basically update your travel status and flight statistics by just being online, or even coming online sporadically.
For example, by using your Dopplr travel plans input, and figuring out your location by cell info, the app offers you to select which flight you will be on (from a hypothetical few that match your itinerary); it will then automatically load the flight info from a schedules database, and adjust it with available ACARS reports. After this, your travel plans, if you so wish, are shared on social networking sites via plugins (e.g. Facebook/Dopplr), and bluetooth connectivity. The app tells you which other people are in the vicinity, all the while constantly updating your flight history and statistics, amending it with "social" statistics, i.e. letting you know which other users are on the same flights and at the same airports. Additionally, FF miles and cost data can be added too.
I know there are a lot of great tools out there already. Our idea is to create a tool that would allow you to have a gateway to several databases, from airport code registers and ACARS logs to your Facebook friends list, allowing to use all the data at once, enabling you to do more with your flight statistics and social networks.
I remember these things have been discussed several times on this forum, so any input is welcome. The project is at an early stage, and several of the above examples are purely theoretical this point, but the general idea is like this. Any input is very welcome. A.net folks would be a primary target audience obviously.
[Edited 2008-01-13 05:58:24]