So we want to build products. Fair enough. So let’s see how we can most efficiently build a first product, that could serve as a base for going forward.
The more we go advance with thought experiments, the more I have the feeling that the features of the User Agent we are discussing are the exact sum of
- What we’re doing at the moment with Taxonomy, Adapters, etc.
- What is already possible with a SmartPhone.
If I am right (I may not be), all our current brainstormings on User Agent are bound to lead us to reinvent the SmartPhone with a different form factor and a few additional pieces of software and connectivity – and with much less fewer time for R&D.
By this reasoning, I see essentially two ways forward:
- We go ahead and progressively reinvent the SmartPhone with a different form factor. We might need to/be able to reuse some bits and pieces of B2G OS along the way.
- We prototype a hardware device + app that connects to an existing Android SmartPhone and turns it into an IoT powerhouse.
If our main criteria are to be startup-like and fast-to-product, option 2 seems by far the best way forward to reach a product. I can already think of useful applications that we should be able to prototype pretty quickly by going in this direction.
Any thoughts on this, team?