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Are you bothered by strangers standing too close to you? When I was a child I learned about the "magic bubble". This was an area three feet around all of your body that no one was allowed to enter unless invited. If you hate people that you don't know standing close enough to you that you can smell their breath, this is the device for you. Auto alarm companies have already used this technology in devices that warn you that you are standing too close to the vehicle with an automated voice that tells you so. Why not have the same warning for personal space. A device that you can wear that will give a verbal warning that says "You are standing too close to me. Back up." You could switch it off for elevators or other situations where you would expect to be crammed in with other people, but if you are standing waiting for the crosswalk light where there is plenty of room, there is no reason for someone to be rubbing up against you. This would be a handy device for that situation. If they don't back off within an amount of time specified by the user, the device would deliver a mild electric shock as a warning.
DVineMissEva, Dec 22 2005


       [admin note: I have used your summary as a title for this idea as well as moving it to a category suggested by xaviergisz]
bristolz, Dec 22 2005

       and where to classify it? maybe culture:social escape or culture:manners
xaviergisz, Dec 22 2005

       Have you ever been close to one of those car alarms? Those things are sooo annoying. How would this device know that you weren't the one responsible for the "too close" foul. It takes 2, afterall.   

       The world does not revolve around you unless you are as big as the sun, and just as brilliant.
sophocles, Jan 31 2006


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