Is this parking space free?

A friend of mine told me about this recently and I just had to see it with my own eyes!

Imagine you’re driving around in an underground parking lot, trying to find a free space. I guess two scenarios are common:

  • a space appears to be empty, but as you get to it you see that someone just parked a little bit deeper inside the space and you just couldn’t see him from a distance.
  • at every crossroads you try to see if something is empty and you should turn or continue straight (after all you can’t just stand there for a couple of minutes, because the drivers behind you will start honking).

So how to make parking easy and convenient? Check out this picture:

Colorful lights above the spaces indicated if they're free.

Colorful lights above the spaces indicated if they’re free.

Now what you see here are lights above every space which indicate if it’s free (by lighting up in either green, blue or red)! Genius! So you can just look at the lights and decide in a split second if parking is possible in this row.

The possible colors.

The possible colors.

Now obviously (because it’s a western country) red means the space is occupied and green means “free”. OK, but what’s blue? At first I thought it’s for spaces for the handicapped, because normally those are marked in blue paint. Well there was nothing like that, so I just parked there 🙂 I don’t want to say anything bad, because the idea is awesome, so here’s my explanation: the shopping mall where the parking lot is located is quite new and they’re gonna turn those into handicapped spaces shortly 🙂


Some cool stuff

I guess it’s time to finally say something nice about a product, so here are two things that made a nice impression :).

Think of the following situation – while roasting some tasty chicken in the oven you decide to add some more spices. What do you do? Two options – open the oven, pull out the grate just enough so the whole thing doesn’t fall out or take it out completely (requires you to actually put on the oven mitts first). Well maybe this process could be optimized. This ancient stove you see here is made by Siemens. Here’s what happens – the whole tray comes out and you are free to do whatever you want (also you don’t have to ever stick your hands in the oven, so you can’t burn yourself).

The Siemens stove

The Siemens stove (yeah –  I wasn’t roasting chicken, but you get my point 🙂 )

OK great! Now you’ve added the spices and closed the oven door. You suddenly feel thirsty and want a glass of tap water. Of course before pouring a glass you let the water flow for a second to be sure not to get the hot water that was waiting in the pipes. Well this tap here measures the water temperature and the built in color LEDs light up in blue (cold), green (just right) or red (hot). This way you know if the water is good for drinking and you don’t even need to turn on the light if it’s dark and all you need is a glass of water (imagine getting up in the middle of the night and trying to avoid turning on the light, cause you’ll be blinded).

Blue/Red/Green tap

Cold / Just right / Hot

My Kindle Paperwhite

I got it 3 months ago and have been very happy with it.

I don’t want this to turn into yet another Klinde review, so the technical stuff will be short and with a smaller font (hint: just skip it) 🙂

– the display is amazing! Absolutely no problems with reading outside (even when it’s sunny).
– the touch screen is good enough.
– screen transitions are fast enough (quite slow actually, but you’re reading a book not watching a movie so it doesn’t really matter).

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite (Photo credit: Zero2Cool_DE)

Continue here 🙂

For those of you who think “why don’t you just buy a tablet – you can use for a lot of stuff + ebooks”: This thing actually MAKES you read! You know you just bought a cool new gadget and you wanna use it. This effect goes away in a couple of weeks, but the habit remains (I really, really hope it does). It’s small, light, you can carry it around (and read for 20 minutes on the bus), show off your own style with various cases and skins. It makes the whole experience of reading different, personal, modern.

People usually like what they’re reading, right? If they didn’t – they’d just put the book aside. Therefore every time you use your Kindle you’re having a good time. How could you then possibly not like it? Add good usability and nice looks – you see how Kindle Paperwhite has the potential of turning into one of your favourite possessions.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot: tap and hold on a word and an Oxford Dictionary definition of the word appears (so simple, yet so cool) !!!