WE LIKE THIS fresh approach to fixing Apple's Iphone 4 Antennagate problem, a smart little sticking plaster designed to cover Steve Jobs' handheld shame.
According to a blog post at the New York Times 'The Antenn-aid' is the brainchild of two designers who took someone else's idea, merged it with a meme, and launched their own version of it. The NYT said that they are flying off the shelves like hotcakes.
By now, if you do not know that the Iphone 4 has an antenna problem, you must have human hands and use the Iphone 4 as your only method of accessing the Internet and talking to other people.
In case you don't know it does, this manifests itself in the inability to hold a phone signal while being held. Which is technically counterproductive for a device designed to be held in the hand while receiving and transmitting radio-frequency signals.
Steve Jobs thinks that the solution to this is to give away something for free that two weeks ago would have cost you about £25, but the two designers, who were the point of this whole thing all along, think that it's an opportunity to have a pop at Apple's problem, and potentially, give Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Band-aids, lawyers an ongoing project to work on.
Thus, the Antenn-aid was born. It's a small sticker that looks like a sticking plaster and can be attached to the Iphone 4's sensitive spot.
Doing this will let the user avoid physically touching the 'magical' device in its nether regions, while also proving that he or she is a funny, interesting person who despite knowing that the Iphone 4 has a technical problem went out and bought one anyway.
Whether Jobs approves or not, the creators Szymon Weglarski and Jon Dorfman appear to have an extensive testing cycle similar to Apple's, although to be fair, no one stole their prototype and kept it out of their hands for the best part of a month at a very key point in its development.
"We haven't done any official testing, but it does seem to improve the antenna problem," Weglarski told the NYT. "You don't drop as many bars as it's really about separating metal from flesh." µ
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