Theia App Possibilites: Requests, Ideas, Wants, Suggestions, and all things before one is released

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PLEASE NOTE THIS THREAD IS FOR THEIA APP DISCUSSIONS. FOR THEIA DISTRO (OS), PLEASE SEE:



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Well here is the OP for what @Vortex @Tallyho and @Bloovy One suggested to get these discussions out of the Radenso FAQ Thread.

Personally I would like to see a JBV1 type App for Theia with some additional features that can be added because of Theia's capability above what V1 offers.
 
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Thanks for that. I'm going to be very interested to see what goodies and new ideas can be eeked out of Theia via an app after we see it's core abilities upon release.

The best ideas will percolate after getting some seat time with it and seeing how the day-to-day, real-world experience changes our perceptions of what we might want.
 

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SDR-based App Ideas (using either built-in SDR or RTL-SDR dongle via USB hub):
  1. ADS-B receiver for aerial VASCAR
  2. VHF/UHF receiver for nearby public safety transmissions (eg police scanner and/or "BearTracker")
  3. Weather radio/severe weather alert receiver
Apps using GPS:
  1. Emitter location/alert logger and upload to RDFGS cloud server to create worldwide threat map
  2. Emitter threat identifier by department/cruiser/officer based on emitter type and signal characteristics
  3. Location aware customizable settings (eg city vs highway alert sensitivity, auto-lockouts for non-classifiable or LEO like emitters)
  4. POI database from third party sources (eg POI factory, VASCAR lines, highway turnarounds and cut-throughs, common enforcement spots, speed cams, RLCs, ALPR cameras, etc)
  5. Threat locator using GPS maps and signal info
  6. Leaky detector identifier/logger to compile statistics of RDs in use on the road
General Apps:
  1. Alexa/Google Assistant integration
 

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I'm currently playing with some cross platform native apps using Waze data. I'd love to be able to integrate that into an app that talks with an RD (next step on plan). My main request will be for a single app that is both Android and iPhone compatible. It would be nice if we could get a group of developers working on this together. Maybe not quite open source, but share the load between multiple people and let people come and go without the app dying.

I'm interested in
  • Waze alerts through the detector
  • threat level data from RDFGS (that the app feeds data to) and Waze historical data (and google maps now too)
  • Displaying common police vehicles for your current area for that extra situational awareness
  • common threats used (pl4, 35.5, etc)
  • logging/playback so you can see your own historical data, mark things for upload to RDFGS later, etc

it's hard to go further into requests given how different Theia will be. I just mostly want to enhance it by adding additional data points
 

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Im interested in helping with Android development. Just finishing up my capstone for my software development degree and it would be nice to have a project to keep improving my Java skillset. I cant wait to get my hands on one of these :)
 

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I keep expecting radar detectors to cross reference your location, and automatically change the filtering.

"You're not in a place where anyone uses Brand X guns, which are the only thing known to transmit on Frequency Y, so I'll generally ignore any hits on Frequency Y, unless especially clean/clear/loud. And if I get any such hits, I'll report them to a central service so someone can revisit that "no one uses brand X guns" claim"

Automatic tuning of your detector, without having to think about it or keep up to date with my local PDs radar purchasing habits.
 

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Any sort of filtering should NOT be required. Only genuine police radars will cause an alert.
I would like to see some sort of crowd source data alerts.
Theia hits shared with others?
Waze alerts?
Other sources?

Anything to add benefit to the obscene range promised.
LEOs aren't always shooting radar so how about as much laser trap, cameras, and I/O warnings as possible.
My most common threat is I/O Ka from moving police vehicles.
Hard to mark and share their locations, and distances close fast on the highway.
Nice to know that in 10 minutes I may have an incoming LEO with I/O.
Crowd sourcing with lots of users seems the only way to currently get that.
And app could record hits to contribute to heat maps like I've seen before, with greater accuracy .
 

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I keep expecting radar detectors to cross reference your location, and automatically change the filtering.

"You're not in a place where anyone uses Brand X guns, which are the only thing known to transmit on Frequency Y, so I'll generally ignore any hits on Frequency Y, unless especially clean/clear/loud. And if I get any such hits, I'll report them to a central service so someone can revisit that "no one uses brand X guns" claim"

Automatic tuning of your detector, without having to think about it or keep up to date with my local PDs radar purchasing habits.

Remember Theia is a “signal” based RD not a Frequency based RD. So first of all Theia doesn’t need ANY filtering or use filtering for that matter. It is a Police Radar Detector that detects by actual signal not just going off to any signal within the Police Radar band Frequency Based Legacy Detector so that supposed feature to change any setting, doesn’t apply.

Next those of us with V1s using JBV1 that problem in the areas we drive in already have the ability to turn bands on and off by GPS location. Example my V1 settings change every single time I cross state lines when I go into Ohio JBV1 turns X Band back on. But since Theia is the first REAL Police Radar Detector a feature like this will probably not be needed because unless that X Band signal is actually OSHP Theia will not be going off.
 

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Remember Theia is a “signal” based RD not a Frequency based RD.
An oft posted response.

People need to stop and think whether their question/comment is coming from the old paradigm, i.e., frequency centric. If it is, is does not apply to Theia.

Also, there have been long threads about cloud based repositories of Theia information. My take?

  • There are large costs of implementing such a solution
  • Which might run afoul of the other company's patent
  • The number of Theia in use would probably not result in much value for quite a while

Some people seem to think implementing a cloud based repository is simple and cheap. It is neither.
 

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I think I may have said this before, but I would love to see the ability to assign radar signatures to different types of LEO in any given area. So rather than saying "Ka Band" or " 34.688", it would actually say "Rutland County Sheriff". Not really a needed thing, but I think it would be really cool.
 

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I think I may have said this before, but I would love to see the ability to assign radar signatures to different types of LEO in any given area. So rather than saying "Ka Band" or " 34.688", it would actually say "Rutland County Sheriff". Not really a needed thing, but I think it would be really cool.
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I think I may have said this before, but I would love to see the ability to assign radar signatures to different types of LEO in any given area. So rather than saying "Ka Band" or " 34.688", it would actually say "Rutland County Sheriff". Not really a needed thing, but I think it would be really cool.
There's already an app for that. ;)
 

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Pitch Sensitivity

Not sure how sensitive Theia will be to pitch. I plan to mount it to the rear of my display screen and remove it when parked. The Ring door bell has a small (1/4”) level to indicate plumb. Perhaps something like that on the driver side of Theia milled in flush . Or an electronic level. There will be lots of user mounting systems and many will constantly be mounting it. And i need it to be level for health issues
 

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Impact detection and the ability to report it. If the GPS knows you were just going 55 and now suddenly show 0 along with a strong impact sense you might have crashed. Maybe roll over detection. If you’re in the garage going 0 and remove it from the windshield and drop it 0 to impact it would know that is not a crash. It would need the ability to reach help. It has Bluetooth and WiFi so it should have the ability to use a hotspot or your phone.
 

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Impact detection and the ability to report it. If the GPS knows you were just going 55 and now suddenly show 0 along with a strong impact sense you might have crashed. Maybe roll over detection. If you’re in the garage going 0 and remove it from the windshield and drop it 0 to impact it would know that is not a crash. It would need the ability to reach help. It has Bluetooth and WiFi so it should have the ability to use a hotspot or your phone.
This is actually something I've thought about and plan eventually implementing. Lower priority than core radar stuff so may not be at launch, but should be pretty straightforward to do.
 

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So many great ideas. I have just one to offer: Have Theia differentiate between stationary radar and moving. If Theia can track your speed via GPS and then analyze the change in frequency (Dobbler Effect)? versus your speed, could you then tell whether the radar source is stationary or moving.
 

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So many great ideas. I have just one to offer: Have Theia differentiate between stationary radar and moving. If Theia can track your speed via GPS and then analyze the change in frequency (Dobbler Effect)? versus your speed, could you then tell whether the radar source is stationary or moving.
If you’re moving then would it not appear to be moving too? Even sitting still you would be changing the distance unless you were parked and detecting. I follow you though.

Use the GPS to remove your speed from the math and then decide if there is a change. Took me a minute.
 
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I don’t recall another post on this but seem to recall it was mentioned somewhere, and that is will Theia have the ability to send sound ie. Alerts through to your car speakers. When I had a V1 George’s V1 Driver app did this, which was very cool.
 

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think big, why only front and rear receiver horns? why not sides as well? with 4 horns you could introduce more directional arrows for a smoother and more accurate transition between directions, sure not necessary to see the cop on the motorway or side street as you pass them but cool.
 

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Since Theia has such an accurate GPS, it would be nice to have the functionality to mark a spot and then get your distance from that mark using Theia's GPS. This would be helpful for more accurate testing results (more accurate than using an app that uses your phone's GPS), and I think people would like it alot better than using their speedometer for measuring alert distances for videos, etc.

I'd actually like it built into Theia so an app isn't even necessary, but not sure if that is really practical or not. But if not, at leasting having a phone app that can make use of the more accurate GPS for testing purposes would be great.

EDIT: I must not be fully awake yet. Would need the ability to turn off all radar functionality and use Theia as a dedicated GPD unit for this to work for testing other detectors without interference possibilities. :rolleyes:
 
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