Inbi-Out lets you choose your trips with the flip of a coin
by Mark R
Every once in a while, some new concept device will come out that is so out there, it requires several technologies that we don’t really have in order to work. Case in point, the Inbi-Out, a GPS Coin.
Designed by Ju-Wei Chen, this is essentially a device the size and shape of a silver dollar, with a GPS display on each side. Why would someone want this? Let’s say you’re trying to decide where to take a family vacation: Disneyland or Yellowstone. Or you can’t figure out what restaurant to eat at, but you narrowed it down to two choices. Somehow you load the destinations into the Inbi-Out with an Inbi-Out coin reader, and then give it a flip.
Tech-blogs everywhere are making a lot of Harvey Dent jokes about the Inbi-Out, and justly so. I can only picture Two-Face having the dualistic mindset necessary for using this device. I mean, why have only two destinations? Wouldn’t it be better to make a list of many destinations, and then use some “random trip generator” software on the GPS device itself to figure out where to go?
This way, you don’t have to make a coin with two display screens, which might be ahead of its time as far as our present day technology is concerned.
Still, it is a nifty concept. What do you, the readers, think? If you could use the Inbi-Out GPS coin for free, would you even use it? Drop me a comment for your answer.