I would still really love to see this idea become a reality, and just thought that one of the biggest obstacles to making that happen is establishing a network (same problem as establishing a mesh network). Easiest way to get over that problem is to piggy-back on an already established network. And then I remembered that we already have an established P2P physical network: LocalBitcoins.com.
Opinions on whether we should start bugging the localbitcoins guys, and get some coding done to incorporate exchange of stuff along with exchange of bitcoins?
I'd guess that would stand a good chance of getting off the ground, imho establishing a platform for the network to run would come first though. Been keeping an eye on whats happening with Open Transactions as that might make a good platform and it looks like its developing fast. Once something anyone can just download and use is running there then similar bounties towards integrating a courier network into the phone app might work.
Maybe, but, again, that's just piggy-backing on the OT network, which may be a bit more difficult, since a lot of OT will be for anonymous type stuff.The reason I thought of LocalBitcoin is because they already have a network within physical space. Should I go ahead and contact the guy running it to see what he thinks?