Idea for GAIM add-on (maybe a Summer of Code Project)

ovidiu ovidiu.j at
Thu Jun 23 14:12:13 GMT 2005

I think one of the biggest hassles with instant messaging is that it's tied
to the computer. If I'm away from the computer, like watching tv, I may miss
an important IM. I can leave the speakers on the PC really loud, but then
I'm always jumping up and running back to the PC to read an incoming IM in
case it's important. Most of the time it's not. I can subscribe to a service
with my cell phone-but that costs money. So here is (I think) the perfect
solution, and a good GAIM plug-in that's not too much work.

I just installed a Pluto Home system ( It's a free, open
source smarthome and media server. You put Bluetooth dongles on all the pc's
in your house, and then when you enter a room your Symbian Bluetooth phone
turns into a remote control for everything in that room. It already tracks
your movement-if you start listening to music in 1 room, your music will
follow you as you move with your phone to another room. And it already sends
messages to the phone based on events. For example, when the song changes,
the cover art shown on my phone changes to show me what's playing.

So that got me thinking. Why not make a GAIM plugin for pluto so that
whenever I get an IM, I see it on my Bluetooth phone? That way I can either
type a reply on the phone, or go back to the computer if I want to use the
keyboard, or ignore it if it's not important. And I'm not having to run back
and forth to the computer to check IM. And it's free since it uses
Bluetooth! Plus, I think it's such a real convenience it would be a great
way to get people to switch to GAIM.

I talked to the programmers at Pluto and they said it would be really easy
since their stuff is already written in small modules and plugins. However,
since we're all open source, we could also just take whatever pieces were
useful and do something completely new using the same concept.

Many of the other GAIM projects listed are either specific for only some
users (like Apple iChat), or would only be used by geeks (like the Perl
interpreter). But not having to run back and forth to the computer is
something everybody wants (imho). I don't see how to recommend a new idea
for GAIM, so I'll just try the forums and hope somebody else likes it too.

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