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Today, I tip my hat to John Hughes. Upon reading that the writer/director/producer died yesterday morning from a heart attack at the unripe age of 59, I was stunned both at his untimely death and in the long list of credits for which he is responsible. Hughes, who I recognized as the brains behind some of my favorite Ringwald 80’s films – I still watch Pretty in Pink every time it is on! – and the pop culture classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that was revered and (too) often imitated by my older brother, was also the mastermind behind National Lampoon’s Vacation, Home Alone, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. His range and humor was nothing short of astounding.
Hughes was a talented writer gifted in character development and examining the inner workings of the minds of teenagers and adults, alike. He left behind a string of relatable characters, clever dialogue, and memorable images (Ferris’ parade shenanigans beneath his father’s office window) to a generation that will not easily forget them.
A technologicial tidal wave recently hit shores in the form of Universal Remote Control’s MX-5000 remote, the world’s FIRST remote with haptic (or tactile) feedback, and the one esteemed Gizmodo technology pundit John Herman described with the statement:
“For every five products that claim some kind of haptic feedback support, maybe one actually puts it to good use—like the URC MX-5000 touchscreen remote, which uses the technology to guide your fingers while they guide your TV.”
In case you didn’t know, haptic is defined by all-knowing Wikipedia as, “technology that interfaces with the user through the sense of touch.” From Slashgear to Ubergizmo, Engadget, CNET, Crunchgear and of course the originator, CE Pro, everyone seems to be happy about haptic and its potential.
Given the love, I thought we’d look at products where haptic technology fails and bask in the sensory awkwardness since none can hold a tactile candle to the MX-5000. To my knowledge, no company has had the lack of foresight to develop any of these products, but then again, someone did invent this:
Worst Haptic Products
Haptic Coasters – Violent vibrations let you know your drink is not leaving sweat rings on the table
Haptic Bandages- Healing quickly is a thing of the past, haptic bandages make sure your wounds stay fresh and open for days
Haptic Hair-cutting Shears – For a TRULY original look
Haptic Lipstick – For that “putting make-up in the car” experience everywhere you go
Haptic Fryin Pan – A shaking motion sloshes oil on you to advise when the pan is hot enough
Haptic Chess Board – Ok, this might be kind of cool, kind of like the old Stratomatic football games
Haptic Undergarments – Don’t like where this is going…or do I?
Haptic Syringes – For hospital use only of course, patients will know their skin has been penetrated with a discomforting buzz
Posted by: Nick B.
Full Disclosure: Universal Remote Control is a client of Caster Communications