Simple ordering system for everyday things
I like the basic idea very much. I think I'm on the same course with a logistics project, which aims to make life "fluid", ie no friction. It combines three things 1. opportunistic, competing traffic vectors 2. homecare and grocery delivery 3. riding on each other's cars Each one of these alone exists.
These are real-world use cases for the integrated services. They can be implemented and used as guiding spirit for the actual implementation of the fleet logistics and user interface.
Basic user interface (UI)
The main item in the UI is the map. It shows points of interest, like shops, kiosk, friends, etc. The user can drag and drop stuff in the map. If he points a cursor over a shop, the shop will show most popular items bought from there, or alternatively the user can select another kind of sort method (price, name, category, etc.) Buying milk is as simple as clicking on one milk carton, and dragging it home (or selecting from a context menu a small Buy! button). So buying is very simple. A shopping cart method also exists, which holds all the inventory that the user has gathered, and showes total sum in currency.
The system can also predict consumption, just like customer relationship management (CRM) systems predict sales. So if a user has strong habit of having certain leisures on two days alone (the weekend), the system learns these pretty quickly. This is a basic feature of neural network computing. The user can also nullify the predictions, or turn it off completely.
1. Map - a google mashup or any other map technique, maybe openstreetmaps ( http://www.openstreetmap.org )
2. The mouse cursor functionality, when it hovers over a target like shop
3. shopping cart - a list that can be sorted, and shows the items that one is about to buy
4. ORDER / CLEAR buttons, ordering and clearing the shopping cart
5. in future versions, we can add a chat window so that there's two functions for it a) chat by users to users b) chat between client and the seller
Opportunity: integration of life support functions
Threat: individual competitors