I'm constantly amazed by the things I've never thought about myself, but that when I see them I say to myself "What a good idea!"
Just a few seconds ago as I pen this blog, I saw a message from one of the guys on the "How Things Work" group at Yahoo pointing toward an article on MAKE magazine. The focus of this article was the building of a Haptic Compass.
The idea is to create a belt with a control box containing a digital compass along with 12 vibrating pager motors spaced equally around the perimeter of the belt. The control unit causes the north-most motor to vibrate, so you always know which direction is north. The author says that wearing this belt makes it feel: "...like I've been granted a strange new sense of direction."
This certainly gives one "food for thought". I can imagine the vibrations being set so low as to be almost imperceptible such that you weren't really consciously aware of them ... yet once you grew accustomed to them you would subconsciously always be aware as to which direction was north.
If nothing else, this would certainly come in handy if you decided to migrate ... but all joking aside, it makes one pause to ponder as to what other "ESP" devices we might create...
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=40, R=325|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=120.00, A=142.81, Δ=+22.81, R=857.19|
|Note:|| Only 857 more miles to go (sob sob)...|
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