Creativity Tech

Designing the ideal food for hungry drivers

homer simpson eating while driving

Ever tried to eat and drive on the way to work or a road trip? All we can think about is how to avoid destroying our pants with a drip of some condiment or spill crumbs onto the floor, into the seat, or on the car dashboard.

Writer Jason Torchinsky comes up with an interesting solution that combines the durability of bagels, with the shape of something like a Hot Pocket so you can safely pack in other ingredients like pork, BBQ sauce, and baked beans.

“Whatever this food is, it needs to be scaled both for a human hand and a car interior’s storage areas. It should combine multiple types of food into a single housing, allowing for a one-vessel meal to be consumed—no swapping of food types or delivery methods.”

Of course, the food also has to be delicious. It also needs a name. So what do we call such innovation?

“These things will revolutionize car-eating, you’ll see. Now I just need a name for them. Fillinders? Canoods? Editubes? Toods, maybe, like ‘tube’ and ‘food?’ Or, similarly, Fubes? Foobs?”

Until Apple, Google, and Tesla develop autonomous cars, the food is secondary — we still have to keep our hands on the wheel, and our eyes focused on the road. That is why we need an interim solution. We need a food item that’s easy to eat and allows us to keep our hands and mouths somewhat clean. Until, taco shells are not on the menu.

Social Media Tech

Who you honking at?

Photo by Wells Baum

No one knows who’s honking at who in New York. Traffic is congested from all ends, mainly cars, bikes, and pedestrians.

Sometimes the Internet feels equally jammed. People are shouting across social networks in multiple tweets and status updates. Unless you tag someone, it’s never evident who the message is really intended for.

There’s no maximum on honking nor publishing. You can make noise all day. Fortunately, Facebook allows you to block someone in the Newsfeed, and Twitter enables you to only follow those you want to hear from.

In short, honking and social broadcasting can be obnoxious. As a result, you may move out of the City into the suburbs or woods or delete your social media accounts. The only way people can reach you is if they make an effort to drive out or email/call you.

We treat attention like another commodity in the digital age. But attention is really scarce. You should opt-in selectively and opt-out when it becomes overwhelming.


Asking for Directions

No one asks for directions anymore, nor do they use an external GPS. They just navigate to their destination using the Google Maps app with GPS pre-installed.

The impact is two-fold:

  1. People don’t need maps, nor do they need to know how to read one. They just listen to the machine and depend on it to tell them where to go.
  2. The locals, even the manager at the gas station, feels a bit lonelier. We used to use them as guideposts, and they used us to gauge interest in their community.

When technology replaces old maps and people we lose the chance to problem solve and interact. We never get a chance to learn from our mistakes or be misled, impeding our brain’s ability to form new connections and strengthen our instincts.

Outsourcing the human mind to machines is supposed to free up time so we can move on to do bigger and more important things. But it’s only making us lazier.

Elon Musk has already started making the the first self-driving car to be available in three years. Once we go on autopilot we risk losing our faculty of mind.


The End of Car Culture

A study last year found that driving by young people decreased 23 percent between 2001 and 2009. The millennials don’t value cars and car ownership, they value technology — they care about what kinds of devices you own

We don’t need a car.


Timing is Everything

Traffic lights are supposed to flow.  Stopping and starting at continuous red lights is unproductive and can be unsafe.  Once you know a route’s timing, you’re likely to speed up just so you can make the impending red light.  You never even see the yellow.  

Time is precious.  We get frustrated when someone else dictates it.  It seems that the only way to get ahead is to break the rules and risk a ticket or drive on the edge and risk an accident.  But everyone is playing the same game so by mutual agreement safety comes first. 

The challenge is advancing swiftly within the boundaries while everyone else goes slow and follows the herd.  Yet there’s still hierarchy.  When is the right time to speed up?


How the Internet Killed The Driver’s Manual

There’s no need to ever leave the house. That’s what social networking, delivered groceries, and high gas prices have done to us.

Even if you leave the house, we know where and how to get places by checking google maps or the city transportation app to find the nearest bus or metro.

Technology makes it so easy we don’t even need a car. Nor do we really want one. The days when driving was cool and necessary are running thin.

From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of 14 to 34-year-olds without licences rose from 21 per cent to 26 per cent, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

There are also cheap daily car rental services and the ease of carpool which is far better organized today because of the bevy of social and mobile texting.

Car transportation drives the American economy and its communication. The Internet just makes us less dependent on it.


Give Me My Smart Car

Driving is boring. It used to be fun, back when that was the only way to get out and socialize.

For better or worse, all we need now is a mobile phone. I can have a whole chat with you on FaceTime. You can even email me or follow me on Twitter and Facebook and get the download. We can stay updated and never talk. Sad but true.

Therefore, cars need to be more social. I’m not just talking instant communication but way cooler plugins, like a camera and integrated music apps. Make the car dashboard the menu, the equivalent to my iPhone home screen.

Turn my mileage and driving habits into a cool visualization, what Nike Fuel Band did for steps. Give me something new, exciting.

We need fun and engaging safe wireless distraction. We need smart cars.