Projects using hardware are rarely at the top of the list when developers are thinking about using email data and Context.IO. As more progress is made with smart gadgets, smart homes and the internet of things in general, I think we’ll certainly see an uptick in hardware that integrates and takes advantage of email data.
Think about it – email remains relevant because it is so deeply integrated into people’s lives. That’s why we see so many developers working on altering and improving the email experience. Why not take advantage of that opportunity in the physical space?
A perfect example was the Context.IO prize winner from a recent hackathon we sponsored – Hack the Anvil at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. They used Philips Hue lights, natural language processing techniques and Context.IO to visualize the sentiment of a users incoming email messages. The Philips Hue lights will flash three times to alert you when you have a new email message. The color of the Hue lights will range from red to green, depending on the sentiment of the email you just received.
Pretty cool, right? I can imagine people in support who would love to use this app. Or maybe you are having a crummy day and only want to deal with the positive messages. Regardless of the use case, we loved to see such a fun email visualization tool! Read more about their project here.
If you’re interested in building your own hardware + email data project, here are a few more ideas we’ve come up with to get you started:
- Give your smart device an email address and use Context.IO to process inbound emails. You now have a toaster that’s controlled via email.
- Keep a Leap motion controller next to your keyboard so you can karate chop and archive emails you don’t need to read.
- Put your users in a virtual email space and have them interact with email data in a 3d environment with an Oculus Rift.
Shoot us an email or tweet if you have other ideas or need help on a current project. Congrats again to team Red Lantern for building an awesome hack, the Anvil for hosting an amazing Purdue event and congrats in advance to whoever builds the email toaster. Mmm… toast…