Product: Radio
RDS Icey Alerts   (+6, -1)  [vote for, against]
So you don't miss the chance for a curly-wurly

It is a source of continuing irritation to me that I cannot hear the tinkling of the ice-cream van on the street from inside my flat.

What I would like to see is ice-cream van owners utilising RDS (Radio Data System) technology to allow people to receive notificiation, through their radios, that there is a van in their area.

Currently the RDS is used to keep people up to date with traffic reports - the traffic report is picked up by the RDS system and interrupts whatever is playing, be it radio, CD or tape.

If, as the van came to within, say, half a mile of my house, the broadcast was interrupted and a little tinkly tune (or a recorded message, perhaps a tinkly tune would be too annoying) was played to let me know there was a van in the vicinity, I would have time to grab my purse and head out to purchase my favourite sweeties, or even a lovely ninety-niner. As with the current RDS, this option could be disabled by those people not afflicted by a sweet tooth.
-- salachair, Mar 25 2002

RDS Technology Explained
I don't know how it works, but these people seem to. [salachair, Mar 25 2002]

Clue as to the meaning of "salachair" http://www.dublinco...%20info/dogfoul.pdf
One of the very few google hits for "salachair." [NB - pdf] [calum, Mar 27 2002]

An excellent idea. Could only be improved by including a "we need ginger boatils" message in the transmission,informing me of the opportunity to get a choclate skull and a Freddo for effectively nothing.

Note: "ginger boatils" means "returnable fizzy pop bottles" and are a form of currency among Glaswegian wastrels such as salachair.
-- calum, Mar 25 2002

Glaswegian?! You can take the girl out of the Highlands, but you can't take the Highlands out of the girl, calum. I am but an amateur Glaswegian.
-- salachair, Mar 25 2002

I note that you do not dispute the "wastrel."

Thinking about this further, I reckon that this would be especially useful to those sugar-addicted children who live in double-glazed towerblocks, high above the vertical range of the tinkling.
-- calum, Mar 25 2002

And we all know what happens when you tinkle upwards
-- thumbwax, Mar 25 2002

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