Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Are We Rich Or What?

The ingenuity of humans continues to astonish: OK, so this device might help to boil the planet but it does show quite how stinking rich we are as a society:

Most parents worried about their baby getting too hot in a pram will adjust blankets or head for shade, but one dad wanted a more high tech solution for his young daughter -- a portable air conditioner.

"At first I was trying to cool her off with a hand-held fan. Then I thought of a much simpler idea -- a little air conditioner," Israeli Ofir Ben Aharon told Reuters.

The device, which weighs less than 2 kg (4.4 lb) looks like a motorized fan attached to the end of about a half-meter long pipe that can be fitted under a typical pram.

An air vent connected to the other side of the pipe is fitted with a puppet so it can be propped inside, looking like just another of baby's stuffed toys.

Isn't that great? The air-conditioned parm? Me, I'm waiting for the air-conditioned bicycle next.

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