Lock Button Uses
I just had this idea, I'm not sure if anyone has posted/had it before, but I'd thought I'd post it up anyway :)
Recently, I've discovered the peace of mind offered by having a passcode on my iPod Touch and Palm Pixi Plus. I don't have to worry about people going through information, sending texts or posting to Facebook - a big problem in school environments!
However, it does become rather very annoying every time I want to use any of my gadgets that I must enter the passcode. It's barrier between me and instant gratification, and as a 21st century microwave-using consumer, I resent that. When I take off the passcode lock, I always forget to turn it on again, and before I know it someone has got my phone are doing loads of horrible things...
So, my idea was that there could be a new mode implemented into phones where the passcode is automatically off, but then through a simple trigger the lock can be activated. For example, if I lock my iPod Touch, pressing the lock button once would mean when I next go to use my iPod, I just 'slide to unlock'. If I pressed it quickly twice on locking, my iPod would become locked with a passcode (so when I'm heading out I just do that so... super quick). This process could be repeated every lock, or the 'double press' method could keep the passcode on until a preference pane were navigated to and the setting switched.
This can then be elaborated upon. One day it would be great if the lock button could be used to interpret rhythms and sequences to activate silent mode, delete all data, or perhaps in James Bond world, self destruct.
So... shall I patent it? :P