I'm a software developer and I'm looking for ideas and suggestions for making new Satellite Internet Apps. Please tell me what apps or software you'd like to see or need.
As a developer, I was struck by how little software and apps there are for satellite connections. SMS, email and weather seems to be catered for, but there is little else. General purpose Internet apps and software aren't really suitable since they require more bandwidth than is available or time out with the long delays.
I'm looking to build apps that work on very low bandwidth connections (such as Iridium Go!) and that are very frugal in their data usage. I want to build software that makes that which was previously hard or impossible to do via satellite possible and easy. It won't hurt if it also ends up saving time or money.
I've done satellite work previously, but this would be the first time providing end user software. My specialty is low bitrate encoding and communication which I believe will serve me well when building satellite apps.
Below is a short list of ideas for apps that I've come up with so far. Please let me know if you have better or different ideas or if you like any of mine.
- Facebook for Satellite
A Facebook client optimized for satellite links with low bandwidth and long delays. Post and read, upload and download images.
Group chat for friends and families. Optimized for very low bandwidth, long delays and intermittent connections.
- Push to talk
Send and receive audio messages using a very low bitrate. For when you want something more personal than an SMS.
- Forum browser
An efficient text only browser for discussion forums like this.
- Picture uploader
Upload and download pictures faster, more efficiently and with better quality than via email. Pause and resume transfers, batch transfer for multiple files.
- News reader
Catch up on your favorite news sources. Read articles and optionally download pictures and illustrations.
I hope you'll come up with good ideas. If you do, I'll build it
P.S. Please let me know what platform you'd like the software or apps on: Android, Apple, Linux, Mac, Windows or other.