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Vole patents virtual fluffy dice

Ballmer's boy racer fantasy in b flat
Thu Aug 23 2007, 16:11
SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft has decided that a set of fluffy dice is not enough for your modern boy racing geek.

It has just patented a virtual set of fluffy dice.

Of course patent number 20070194902 ( here) does not mention either the word "fluffy", or "dice", but we all know what Vole was talking about when it wrote the phrase "An adaptive user interface presented on a heads-up display of an automobile".


Basically the VoleWare will play any picture you like on your dashboard, but no self respecting boy racer would have anything other than fluffy dice. Although if his girlfriend borrows his motor for the day care run it could change to "baby on board" with an image of Garfield squashed like an unfortunate bumblebee.

The image will "interact" with your "driving experience". So if you burn off your mates at a set of traffic lights then the fluffy dice will roll a 12. You will get snake eyes if you drive into a speed camera.

Of course if the software crashes there is an outside change that your screen would turn blue and you not see anything. But hey, some people are prepared to sacrifice kitsch for safety any day. µ


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