26, March 2014
From the absurd (a pair of rabbits) to the practical (a phone and portable charger for your phone), most people have a unique answer to the classic thought problem: If you were stuck on an island and only allowed to bring one thing with you, what do you bring?
While those who might choose to bring a pair of rabbits (for entertainment or... to eat?) seem to follow the beat of their own drum, most of us might choose a more practical option such as an electronic device to communicate for help. It's no surprise that we might rely on technology for survival with many of us dependent on technology for work, news, entertainment and social life. Much like you wouldn't want to be stuck on a hypothetical island with no ability to call for help, you wouldn't want to same thing to happen during a real-life emergency. More...
19, March 2014
When I began putting together the emergency disaster kit for the apartment I shared with my roommate, John, it never occurred to me that something as small and simple as a USB battery pack would end up being the thing that saved our lives.
Ironically, our emergency disaster kit was the source of a long and somewhat heated debate between us. All roommates have their unique squabbles, and John and I are no different. Our dynamic can easily be put into perspective with the fact that his nickname for me is "Mom" because I'm a planner and an organizer. I like the house neat, things in their place, and I like to go to bed around the same time every night. John, however, is much more casual about his lifestyle and he couldn't care less if the cups go back in the same cabinet every time, or at all. And, I'm still not convinced he isn't a vampire, as he never seems to sleep—at least on a normal schedule. More...
10, March 2014
That's an easy one: an emergency cell phone charger and a can of soup are both packed in your little black go-bag. Right now, however, it's the furthest thing from your mind as you juggle a job, the kids' schedules, meal preparation, and other errands. But knowing that it's tucked away at the bottom of your pantry makes you feel secure that it's there, just in case.
Your expecting sister-in-law, Bev, is the one who brings it to your attention when she is visiting and goes into the pantry for a snack. She reaches for the jar of peanuts, her latest craving, and asks you what that odd black bag is doing in your pantry. It takes you a second to realize what she is talking about, but you figure out it must be your go-bag for emergencies. It's easy to explain to Bev what it is, but more difficult to convince her that it's necessary. After all, she says, why bother if emergencies rarely happen around here? More...
3, March 2014
The course of history might have changed drastically if iPhones and access to mobile iPhone power were available to our ancestors.
Consider, for instance, the tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra. On a fateful night in 41 B.C.E., the Roman general Mark Antony fell in love with the Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra at first sight. The love that existed between the two leaders outraged Antony's brother and future emperor, Octavian, who brought the full force of the Roman army against the couple. During battle, Antony received false news that Cleopatra died, and shattered, he fell on his sword. Cleopatra, shocked at learning of Antony's death, subsequently took her own life not wanting to live without her love.
But what if instead, these famous leaders were able to rely on iPhones and mobile iPhone power? What might have happened differently?
Upon receiving the news of Cleopatra's supposed death while he was in battle, Antony might instead have been more suspicious. It's possible he may have pulled out his iPhone from his armor and taken a moment to text the love of his life to see if he was told the truth.
Mark > Cleopatra: “Hey babe, let me know if you’re still alive. ily so much!” More...
21, February 2014
An external battery is the last thing on Marissa's mind. It’s already 10’oclock on a Thursday night and her final paper is due Friday morning. After a hectic day between classes, club meetings, and volunteering, anxiety starts to set in. Less than 12 hours before her final paper is due. Looks like an all-nighter.
Ready to sleep at the library if she has to, Marissa forgets to power the one device that keeps her in touch with the outside world. Her phone is running low on battery because she's been catching up with a few of her friends throughout the day. And her tablet isn't faring much better – she’s been using it to take notes in class.
Luckily, her tablet lasts long enough to finish her paper, and her phone survives with 1% so she can text her roommate that she's on her way back. It wasn't an all-nighter, but close to it. Marissa walks back to her dorm, looking forward to a few hours of sleep before class tomorrow.
But upon waking, the inevitable happens. Marissa has overslept, and realizes she forgot to email her final paper. She reaches for her tablet, but to her dismay, she's forgotten to charge it. She looks to her phone but forgot to charge that too. As she frantically runs out the apartment door, her roommate sees her and says Marissa can borrow her external battery. Marissa grabs it and heads to the bus stop. More...
14, February 2014
Today my mom gave me a portable cell phone charger. She said it’s an early Valentine’s gift for her favorite son. I threw it in my backpack and ran out the door. She’s always giving me gadgets like that—I never use half of them, but it’s nice that she thinks of me.
I’m running late today because I was up texting last night. If you guessed I was up late texting a girl, you'd be right. She’s amazing. We’re not dating. To be honest, I can’t really tell. I’ll ask her out later today to find out. Today is Valentine's Day, after all.
I get to first period, sit down, and yawn. Fumbling through my backpack, I shove aside my lunch, books, and that portable cell phone charger to dig out my homework and quietly take out my phone. I won't see her until 8th period and since she told me last night she has an exam this morning, I want to wish her good luck.
The morning quickly passes, and I find myself busy trying not to fall asleep in the middle of 4th period geography. My phone buzzes quietly in my lap; I have a new text. She tells me her exam went well, and thanks me for the luck. I send back a smiley. I gulp and think to myself: it’s time. I take a deep breath and text her again, asking if she wants to go out for Valentine’s Day. I hit send, and my stomach immediately ties itself in what feels like a hundred knots. More...