On occasion I desire a solution that does not currently exist. Since I am not wealthy, and therefore unable to build these devices myself, I must pine silently in my office waiting for the day when my needs are answered. But then again, I thought my blog would make a perfect place to beg for such things. So from time to time, I’ll be putting in a request.
Here is what I want. A small box with a phone line-in jack, and another jack to plug any regular cordless phone into. Then I want a USB cord that goes to my computer.
When a call comes in from the phone line, I’d like the device to just pass it through to the phone, unmolested. BUT…when an iChatAV/AIM invitation comes through, I’d like it to take the persons ID, translate it into CID (Caller ID) data and put that through to the phone as if it were a regular phone call.
I mean what does the phone care? A call is a call, right? Just like any other call, it would ring (perhaps with a distinctive ring) and display the incoming AIM/iChat info on the screen.
Now to make things even more interesting, I’d like the box to listen when I pick up the phone to make a call. I can make any call I like by just dialing, but by dialing certain codes first (that I can customize), I can change my away message, or initiate an iChat/AIM call (just assign buddies a “speed-dial” code). If the person is unavalable, it could just give me a busy signal. VoIP as easy as pie.
Now when you make out the check, remember I spell my name with one “L.”