One of the proposals sounded familiar to us at iPling. Called Re:Public, it was described as "a social networking program that helps people make new friends in their area."
Here are the other six projects:
- Locale, which adjusts phone settings for different locations, for example, not to ring when you're in a movie theatre. Locale won a US$25,000 prize and advanced to the finals of Google's $10 million Android developers challenge.
- GeoLife, which allows users to create lists and have the phone remind them when they are in a specified location: for example, to buy bread when they go to the market.
- Loco, which locates events in the area and facilitates inviting friends.
- Flare, which helps delivery businesses track drivers.
- Snap, which helps users find interesting places and events nearby
- KEI, which enables locking and unlocking the car via mobile phone
"This class is a glimpse of the future, and what's nice, the not-so-distant future," according to the class's professor, Hal Abelson...who reportedly gave all of the students As.