First, I'm sorry neglected you for the last few days. I'm traveling for work and it's been difficult to get in the zone.
Anyways, I saw this on CNN today and thought I'd talk about it.
This is a helmet that can put "passengers in partial or total 'sensorial isolation' by piping audio and video directly into their eyes and ears, and squirting 'odorous substances' up their nose..." Sensory isolation helmets: Is this next for plane passengers? Barry Neild, CNN.
This helmet sounds pretty over-the-top if you ask me, and I'm not sure if I'm sold. This isn't the first time I've felt this way about an invention though. There are many over-the-top inventions out there, and many seem impractical to use, at least at the time they are invented. But, from what I can see, these inventions are usually the ones that are patented. Is this good public policy?
On one hand, it's good to patent inventions because, patenting novel inventions help to broaden the public knowledge.
On the other hand, it's not good to patent crazy inventions because it seems to diminish the integrity of the patent system. Is it really worthwhile to increase the public knowledge with these types of inventions? Who will sit on bicycle seats on the airplane? Who will benefit from spraying perfume into their nose on planes? Who can say. Maybe years from now, these inventions won't seem so crazy. Will we change our minds then?