Monday, February 14, 2011

Weird, Odd and Strange Mobility Series: Cameras in Skull, Wireless Confessions and Best Bathrooms

The professor installed the video camera in the back of his skull, but the camera caused awkward social interactions and was painful.  It was like having eyes in the back of your head, but no one wanted him around.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/10/nyu-professor-unsurprisingly-removes-camera-from-the-back-of-his/

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The Catholic Church (in Indiana, USA) has now approved a mobile confession application for the iPhone.  The mobile application was developed with the help of Catholic priests, and enables Catholics to keep track of their sins.  It even helps identify possible sins based on a user’s age, sex and marital status.  I wonder if you can password protect it?  I hope so.  I wonder if this involves real time connectivity, or is it synchronized in batch?  What happens if there is an untimely accident before the data is synchronized?

http://unplugged.rcrwireless.com/index.php/20110208/app-corner/6921/catholic-church-approves-confession-iphone-app/

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The problem with the previous article about the iPhone confession application is that the Vatican later released a statement saying, "Confessing via Technology" was not acceptable.  Seems there must be a line of sight and direct and audible exchange between the sinner and priest.  The iPhone FaceTime application is just not effective enough.  I wonder how they tested it?

http://www.financenews.co.uk/entertainment/vatican-tells-catholics-they-cannot-confess-via-iphone-app/

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According to a new Accenture survey, more than half of American and British consumers say they are frustrated with frequently used electronic devices that freeze or crash.  Are you SERIOUS?  Has anything ever been more self-evident?  Who would pay for such a report?

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110210005493/en/Consumers-UK-Frustrated-Intelligent-Devices-Frequently-Crash

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The new Best Bathroom iPhone application, required the members of the Best Bathroom team to walk every street in the New York city area and try out and review all of the facilities in order to hand pick the cleanest, most comfortable bathrooms.  What exactly is meant by most comfortable?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-bathroom/id413340546?mt=8

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