Feeds

Okay! Okay! This is what everyone reckons Ginger is

It'll rock your world. Nah, not really

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

They started coming in on Friday. Then kept on coming on Saturday and Sunday and yet more have arrived this morning. Look, we were trying to ignore this Ginger fiasco that has turned the IT press into a bunch of gibbering school kids, but it's an unwritten rule at Vulture Central that when more than 200 emails arrive saying the same thing, you write a story on it.

And so, this is what Ginger is reckoned to be. Some wobbly bird on what looks like an old-fashioned carpet sweeper. But the wrong way round. No doubt the inspiration came from childhood memories where every item of household equipment is turned into a transportation device - as long as you can stand on it without falling off.

Basically, it's a scooter, following the recent trend for everyone to get those little metal things, but it's stable so you won't kill yourself. The thought process behind the belief that this is what Ginger is fairly logical: The inventor, Dean Kamen, mostly invents stuff in the medical arena. He has invented a fancy balancing wheelchair. He has also worked on an external combustion engine. Combine the two.

Kamen's company is called Deka and this scooter thing has been patented by that company not too long ago. Oh, and it has been referred to as "IT" - which was what presumably sent the IT press into their mouth-frothing madness. As one reader suggested IT = Individual Transport?

So click here for the Deka version or here for the United States patent office version. Then go through the pages if you want to know more.

This is the abstract for the invention: "The invention provides, in a preferred embodiment, a vehicle for transporting a human subject over ground having a surface that may be irregular. This embodiment has a support for supporting the subject. A ground-contacting module, movably attached to the support, serves to suspend the subject in the support over the surface. The orientation of the ground-contacting module defines fore-aft and lateral planes intersecting one another at a vertical.

"The support and the ground-contacting module are components of an assembly. A motorized drive, mounted to the assembly and coupled to the ground-contacting module, causes locomotion of the assembly and the subject therewith over the surface. Finally, the embodiment has a control loop, in which the motorized drive is included, for dynamically enhancing stability in the fore-aft plane by operation of the motorized drive in connection with the ground-contacting module."

Alternatively, you could go to other news sites if you'd like to read some panting, baseless beliefs over what it will do. ®

Related Links

Ginger in all its glory (Deka)
Ginger, the patent office version

Related Stories

Ginger nuts told to back off
We know what Ginger is

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.