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It'll changed the world. It is stunning. Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos think it's revolutionary. Abook about it has been given $250,000. VCs are throwing money at it. But just what is Ginger?

No one seems to know, and the press - IT ones in particular - have been going mental over it. What could this contraption from 49-year-old scientist Dean Kamen be? Dean is a top name for inventions and the like - he has over 100 patents and has invented a wide range of (mostly medical) innovations. He's a smart fella.

What can it be? What can it be? Is it a hoax?, cry the cynics. Will it stop my hair falling out? Will it make my sad, pathetic existence better for a few minutes?

Well, folks, we can tell you what Ginger is.

It's a manifestation of the sick modern world where style is more important that substance, where perception is king, where people screw their neighbour to buy an overpriced bit of clothing with a particular name on and where the press report a story because other parts of the press have reported it and so it must be a story.

It could also, possibly, be an interesting bit of technology. But we're not holding our breath and we don't care until we see it. And you shouldn't either.

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