Friday, August 24, 2007

The unforgiving minute

Want to see the two paths America is managing to head down simultaneously? Check out the one of the new leading indicators of the zeitgeist:


Voltaic Systems has a solar powered backpack that will recharge an iPod or cell phone while you're walking around, whether out in the sun or indoors under incandescent light. I saw one of these at Tour De Fat last weekend, and they definitely capture the high ground where Green intersects with Hi-Tech.

And at the other end of the spectrum, MJ Safety Solutions ("Ballistic Protection for your Family") is marketing the My Child's Pack--a bulletproof backpack whose features also include a zippered pocket for an mp3 player--which will finally allow Security Moms 'n' Dads to send their kids to school with affordable, practical, ballistic protection.

Minute's up.

1 comment:

Chuck Butcher said...

You know that if a kid actually carried a couple books in a back pack it would stop a 9mm cold. Really, your 9.95 Walmart backpack and a history book would do the job. Heck, a history text and a mathematics text would stop an assault rifle bullet. Ah well, paranoia is good for the economy, just ask GWB

BTW the "minute" thing is great stuff.