Let’s say you’re walking into the town square with some time to kill and no particular plans. You might ask “Who’s in the area?” Your cloud queries your connections to find people you know who are also in the square. Bob’s cloud announces he’s in the square at Starbucks. Now you know Bob is around and your cloud can send him a message if you’d like to meet him somewhere.
Next you can ask “What’s going on today?” Your cloud discovers the businesses in the square and finds out if they have any events happening today. Abe’s Books business cloud returns a message that they have a book signing in the next hour. That might be something interesting to do with Bob. You send a message to Bob to see if he’s interested in the book signing.
After the book signing, it’s lunchtime. You cloud asks restaurant clouds in the area “Any specials for lunch?” and finds out that Sushi Palace has a special going on today and, with your permission, your cloud establishes a reservation for 1:30.
At lunch, the people at the table next to you couldn’t stop talking about tonight’s sold-out game. Going to the game sounds like something that would be fun if you could find some tickets. Your cloud signals your intent to go to the game to other clouds in the area. John’s cloud discovers your intent and sends a message that John has some tickets the he’s not going to need and is willing to sell. You meet John, buy the tickets, and make your way to the stadium for a fun-filled evening.
Your personal cloud, acting as your personal assistant, has just helped you plan your day, connect with friends, and enjoy some interesting experiences.
In the next post we’ll see how personal clouds help you manage your home.