Inbi-Out lets you choose your trips with the flip of a coin

by Mark R

Every once in a while, some new concept device will come out that is so out there, it requires several technologies that we don’t really have in order to work. Case in point, the Inbi-Out, a GPS Coin.

Designed by Ju-Wei Chen, this is essentially a device the size and shape of a silver dollar, with a GPS display on each side. Why would someone want this? Let’s say you’re trying to decide where to take a family vacation: Disneyland or Yellowstone. Or you can’t figure out what restaurant to eat at, but you narrowed it down to two choices. Somehow you load the destinations into the Inbi-Out with an Inbi-Out coin reader, and then give it a flip.

Tech-blogs everywhere are making a lot of Harvey Dent jokes about the Inbi-Out, and justly so. I can only picture Two-Face having the dualistic mindset necessary for using this device. I mean, why have only two destinations? Wouldn’t it be better to make a list of many destinations, and then use some “random trip generator” software on the GPS device itself to figure out where to go?

This way, you don’t have to make a coin with two display screens, which might be ahead of its time as far as our present day technology is concerned.

Still, it is a nifty concept. What do you, the readers, think? If you could use the Inbi-Out GPS coin for free, would you even use it? Drop me a comment for your answer.


7 reviews or comments

ashley Says: January 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

…or could you just use your head to pick to destinations, then use heads or tails…

original but so utterly pointless

tibetbro Says: January 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Let’s say you add a random number generator and a twist dial from 1 – 32…..hmmmm the roleplay applications are endless…
Personally, I’d probably use it for a drinking game…shots on one side…beer on the other.

Gabe Says: January 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I don’t know, seems kinda cool, but whenever my family wants to chose a place to go, we just pick from a hat.
It seems kinda pointless, but I’m sure it will be popular and well-selling

Ross Nicholson Says: January 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Where I am, where she is. Ah, but look through the crystal and know where she is! Two hearts beating as one. I know, I don’t get it, but then again …

Billy Says: January 22, 2009 at 9:44 am

I’m a firm believer in flipping a coin to decide the fate of my choices. Heads I do one thing, tails the other. I undoubtedly would use this coin (especially if it was free).

Gabe Says: January 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

Is it free?

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