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Mar 24

Two great inventions

On a personal level:

Community games.  I’ve just discovered that once a week, parents from all over this locality empty their children into a field in the twilight hours under the watch of choirs of blackbirds and babies with chilly ears, for no apparent reason.  Nobody organises it as such, it’s more like an underlying knowledge that parents have, like a school of fish changing direction in the same instant… they just know.

I just poured my child onto this field and watched as she ran eight laps, then did ten minutes of jumping jacks and five minutes of running around in circles before oozing herself back into the car and collapsing into a rosy-cheeked afterglow.  Every child in the village did the same.  Absolute.  Genius.

On a global level:

Here is a youtube video that I just simply can’t put into words other than ‘I want one’.

It has a lot to do with Minority Report, something to do with painted fingernails, and is potentially the best invention I’ve ever seen.  Imagine walking up to a complete stranger and seeing buzz-words projected onto their teeshirt-front in a tag-cloud describing their profession, their likes and dislikes, and their favourite type of cheese?  Pranav Mistry is the genius behind ‘Sixth-Sense’… a gizmo that pulls google right out of the dark ages.  All for the sweet cost of $350.  Watch.

Bring on the comments

  1. Oh my goodness! That’s crazy! I don’t know if I want one or if I’m terrified of the prospect! I certainly don’t like the word cloud bit (have you seen my wordle image?!)

    Your child-tiring field though sounds undoubtedly brilliant! And beautifully described too :)

  2. Holemaster says:

    Standing ovating turns me off.

    Now the Community Games, that’s good.

  3. GrowUp says:

    Field = good.

    The other thing though… it still has the issue of there possibly being a single conduit for information, hence exploitation. Also you just know that when you pick up a product there will be a fecking pop up add projected on it for “other products that might interest you”. And there could be a central database of everything you look at, leading to a more accurate model of you as a consumer so things can be marketed at you more effectively.

  4. K8 says:

    But… you can take pictures with your hands!!!

  5. unstranger says:

    Yep, waiting for this technology long enough, thanks for posting this.

  6. Clare says:

    Community games was the bomb! Somehow kept me marginally fit during my primary school days. And, I can nerdily admit, I was an avid member of the Table Quiz team. Them were the days…. :)

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