A short while I go I wrote a lament about how the better IP phones with large LCD displays are woefully underused. Specifically, they provide XHTML browsers that allow the phone to interact with online data sources.
Poking around online I found a company in Colorado that develops apps to leverage these features. Further, they make available a public example that you can access for your Polycom phone.
Here’s a shot of their example site on my IP650.
Their example shows using both text and graphics displays. It also has a NANPA reverse lookup, gets gold and silver values and does lookups on whitepages.com. Very cool stuff.
My goal of using the browser as a GUI for my very simple home automation seems to inch closer every day.