Developer42

2009-11-04

Ideas for Wave Robots

Filed under: Google, Ideas, Technology, Wave — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Developer42 @ 21:32

One of the hardest things about developing a wave robot is coming up with an original idea. My smiley bot [smiley_wave@appspot.com] was just for me to play with wave & get used to uploading apps to App Engine / get back into java coding and using eclipse. Now that that’s done, it’s time to think of something useful; an application that people will actually want to use. The point of this post is partly a brainstorming session for myself, and partly to put these ideas out there to anyone stuck for ideas, who think they can code one of these, and finally, to encourage others to submit ideas.

Webby – The Web Service Robot
A robot which when added, detects any URLs pointing to web services, generates a form based on the parameters, then submits this data via SOAP, and puts the return value into a new blip.

Squely – A Database Query Bot
A robot which can run SQL statements against given connection strings. At present, this will only be possible if the database is publicly accessible, or if you have a wave server installed on the same network as your database.

QIFry – Interesting
This robot would monitor waves for key words, then on detection, pop in an interesting fact about that word (e.g. if it spots the word Banana, it says “did you know that bananas are herbs, and these shrubs can walk?”). It also monitors for boring words, and replaces them with more eloquent ones.

Pretty – Pretty Print
Detects common languages / markup & changes the layout to make it more readable.

Recipe
Finds recipes based on ingredients or dish names in the wave.

FindMe
Uses the GEO features of HTML 5 to locate where each wave user is and lets wavers know where their nearest wavers are. This could also take info about their interests to help match people up to folks whose hobbies they share.

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2 Comments »

  1. I just wanted to say thanks for filling in all of the bots pages on my site earlier today. That was a lot of work and much appreciated. Also, feel free to peek in on the forums I setup for ideas on what bots to create. Its fairly empty right now but it just takes a few people posting to get it going.

    Comment by DarkriftX — 2009-11-05 @ 09:45

    • It’s a pleasure; thanks for setting up such a great site; it’s really nice to have a resource like that when learning / looking for other people’s robots to see what’s out there.

      Comment by Developer42 — 2009-11-05 @ 13:38


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