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This is a large, say two story tall model of the Earth
complete with painted continents, oceans, country
It's encircled by multiple walkways so that any one part
this model of the planet can be seen up close. Want to
up the stairs to the top walkway.
Australia? That's down
there and to your right.
Embedded in several dozen locations around the
are two way video screens. These video screens are
connected to video screens in the country corresponding
their location on the big globe structure.
So if you walk to London, you can see people actually in
London in real time and talk to them. You can then stroll
over to France and say hello to the people at a bar or
nightclub over there. Translators take care of the
barrier so you don't need to speak the local language of
country you're "visiting".
Do you dare to go to the middle east? It's about ten feet
that way. "Hmm. These people in Bahrain seem pretty
nice. Over to India, China, up to Russia, stop at a couple
islands in the Pacific on your way to Australia, you get
To pay for this, it could be a bar so you can buy cocktails
and drink while you meet people from all over the world
who are drinking at the other bars where the
screens are located.
Around the world in 60 minutes or so.
Now you're thinking with Portals...
...the cake is still a lie. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, May 26 2018]
more prior art [notexactly, May 27 2018]
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||Many major cities in technologically advanced nations have some sort of science/discovery centre.
||This could be a "common feature" in all those locations. The sphere would be rotated so that the host city would be at the 0,0 datum in each location.
||The time differences would need to be accounted for; the best method would be to abolish all time zones and make everyone, everywhere use UTC.
||Some sort of selective multiplexing would be needed.
||Scale would be an issue. How many people?. 1-4, intimate, might not be cost effective. Might be good for a superstar where the atmospheric crowd presence is the thing rather than the act itself, with the added attraction of being a globally connected supercrowd having a moment in time.
||Bars plus climbing steps around globe structures
might be a little risky...
||But would anybody want to do this sober? Maybe.
||Could be something they'd build at Disneyland maybe. "Talk
To People Of The World"?
||Of course you'd need to try to make sure the people at the
other end were being nice.
||The entire structure is suspended over a safety net or trampoline.
Drunks fall into it. Rude people are pushed into it by a giant,
moderating boxing glove. If the globe is indoors (as it might as
well be, if it's going to be suspended over a safety net), then
artificial lighting will change to illuminate that part of the globe
having day at the time.
||To keep them open 24 hours, locate them in international airports,
and use the interior space to house a well-soundproofed
||Yay to all of those ideas.
||You could also refashion it as some kind of
international virtual obstacle course race, like the
Ninja Warrior races somehow.
||Aha! I couldn't remember the name of the exhibit and it took a couple of days to think of the words this contraption wanted input to find it.
The trick was narrowing the search by typing Art Exhibit in quotations.
||This will need to be a very big globe. Libya
(680,000 square miles) for example is bigger than
France, Germany, Spain, Holland, and Belgium
combined.....and thats just one country. Look at
the size of Brazil or Australia, or China. The world
is a big place.....
||... but thanks to rapacious capitalism*, its resources - energy, food, medicine, minerals and media - are now concentrated in the grip of a tiny number of oligarchs and sinister mega-corporations.
||<re-adjusts Brane Ray on [xen] to raise blood temperature to boiling point despite elevated blood pressure>
||*Including China, which is now Communist in the same way that the U.S.A. is a democracy.
||That ray simply refects off my individually coated
tin foil hair strands. Laughs at the idea of being
'attacked' by something I normally see splattered
into a stain on my cars windscreen.