Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cellphones..

Last Tuesday in my ID2 class, we were talking about cellphones... and one of the comments that was brought up was that when buying cellphones, consumers care more about a cellphone's features than its appearance. Well, I guess it seems pretty much the situation here in America. But in Asia, cellphones (we call them handphones, FYI) are BIG. They are like must-have accesories. That's why new cellphones are being produced every month or so. I once read about the an article about a survey how long Singaporeans would keep their cellphones before changing them for new ones, and the average time was 6 to 7 months..! I thought that pretty amazing - changing cellphones twice a year.

This kind of behaviour is the reason why there are so many crappy phones being produced in Asia. I think Nokia is the champion of making cool-but-most-of-the-times-really-crappy phones (3 years ago, it was..). I guess Nokia chews out new phones every 6 months or so but most of their phones are crappy but, yeah, some of them are really too good to resist. I once read about an article that hypothesizes that when it comes to consumers buying a product, appearance is a stronger factor than features. And it uses the Nokia as one of its examples - how this particular Nokia cellphone has buttons that were a little harder to press but it was popular anyway in Asia because it looked really cool. And it uses some real-life examples,too, like how good-looking people have better chances at jobs, interviews, etc.

I feel that cellphone design in Asia is much more about skin job than making all-rounded good phones. But hey, maybe the making crappy phone feature is one of the marketing/design requirements, huh? I mean, you have to "encourage" the consumers to buy new ones in the coming 6-7 months, right..? Jeez.. Maybe I'm just thinking too far..

Friday, February 17, 2006

Just an idea : electricity-generating gym

I've been going to the gym lately but hey that's not what I'm gonna talk about. I've just thinking.. won't it be cool if we could have gym equipments that could turn our running, cycling, pulling etc into electricity..? I mean, our body fat is potential energy. Isn't it kinda strange that we are using electricity (that's energy) to help us burn our body fat (another energy). I think it'll be great if we could exercise and our motion could be used to turn turbine or something to generate electricity.

So lately I've been observing my gym.. and I found that the treadmills have no cables to them..? Man.. how do these treadmills get powered up? I was think maybe its batteries but that's kinda impossible I haven't asked the gym people, though.. but hopefully some day I will. Another devices are the bicycles.. they won't turn on unless you pedal for a while and as soon as you stop pedalling they get turned off almost immediately. Maybe these bicycles use our motion energy to power up? But I think the nicest of all is this rowing device where you sit and pull the handle. Your pulling motion will then be used to move the fan in front of you. So you could keep cool whie exercising.

I think this electricity-generating-gym idea is pretty simple and I'm sure I'm not the first person to come up with it. I'm just wondering why this idea is not implemented yet. It'll be interesting to find out, yeah..?