Mountain Summit Digital Notebook - Isaiah Hirschfield
A durable, hand-held, voice
activated recorder which would allow hikers who reach various remote locations
to share their thoughts verbally creating a cumulative collection of spoken
experiences. This technology would metaphorically replace the paper
logbook occasionally found at prominent summits and vistas, often protected
by a waterproof box or military ammunition case, allowing hikers to register
their name, hometown, and some comments.
The advantage would be to allow people to elaborate
on their experiences and leave a much more personalized imprint for subsequent
hikers to listen to than the notebook would allow. A substantial memory
would be necessary to allow many messages to be stored. Also, an LED display
indicating the name and date of the speaker would allow subsequent visitors
to scroll through previous entries.
My intent was to make a cute use of technology in
a realm usually out of reach of technology. But the more I think
of it, the more I dislike the implications of the gadget I suggest.
The very reason I go hiking and the like is to get away from this frustrating
crap. I think I'd be pissed off when I found the damn
thing. If a bear hadn't already smashed it,
I think I'd throw it off a cliff myself! Now there's an art project:
100 angry hikers throwing frivolous technogadgets of cliffs.
. . simultaneously.