OhGizmo has an interesting piece on all the fake coconuts hanging from trees in San Jose, CA. Apparently, the hard-shelled impersonators were created by MIT Media Lab researcher Tad Hirsh, to help outsource the difficult work of complaining for you. The coconuts are equipped with noise sensors and integrated cell phones. The idea is that whenever the tree-bound fruit log too much noise from low-flying aircraft, the crabby coconuts do what timid neighbors won't—they automatically call the airport and complain about it (supposedly, in unique voices each time). Story via OhGizmo.
I've got a cranky bunch of coconuts
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August 30, 2007 - 30:08am