Got backseat boredom? DVD players and Game Boys are so five years ago, but a new concept in rear seat entertainment technology that uses the windows themselves could replace squirminess and snoozing with interactive scribbling, sweeping and pinching.
General Motors Research and Development put that challenge before researchers and students from the FUTURE LAB at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel. The task: Conceptualize new ways to help rear seat passengers, particularly children, have a richer experience on the road.
The Windows of Opportunity (WOO) Project was inspired by psychological studies indicating car passengers often feel disconnected from their environment, GM asked the Bezalel students to turn car windows into interactive displays capable of stimulating awareness, nurturing curiosity and encouraging a stronger connection with the world outside the vehicle.
“Traditionally, the use of interactive displays in cars has been limited to the driver and front passenger, but we see an opportunity to provide a technology interface designed specifically for rear seat passengers,” said Tom Seder, GM R&D lab group manager for human-machine interface. “Advanced windows that are capable of responding to vehicle speed and location could augment real world views with interactive enhancements to provide entertainment and educational value.”
Since GM has no immediate plans to put interactive display windows into production vehicles, the R&D team gave free reign to the Bezalel students to create applications without concern whether they could be mass produced. Bezalel is Israel’s oldest institute of higher education and one of the more prestigious schools of its kind in the world.
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The southern city of Eilat recently hosted Israel’s first professional coffee conference, with the aim of furthering the local coffee culture and improving its professional quality.
One person who already appears satisfied with the quality of the caffeine beverage served in Israel is Enrico Meschini, an international coffee expert and chairman of the European association of coffee roasters.
“You should be proud of the level of coffee one can find in Israel, which is as good as the average coffee in Italy,” Meschini rules.
“In 1995, when I first visited and toured Israel, it was impossible to find any espresso here. There was no supply and no demand. The situation today is completely different. One can find espresso almost anywhere.”
The annual coffee consumption in Israel is estimated at 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person. The Israeli café industry generates some NIS 3.8 billion ($990 million) a year, and the home coffee machine market generates some NIS 44 million ($11.5 million) a year.
The average Israeli drinks about four or five cups of coffee a day: Mostly cappuccino, followed in popularity by espresso.
“In Italy, when people talk about coffee they’re referring to espresso. When they want lighter coffee, they order ‘Espresso Lungo’ (long) because it’s less concentrated,” Meschini explains.
Meschini, 60, is the owner of a family coffee company founded in Italy in 1895. He is the fourth generation in the company, which imports and exports coffee all around the world (including to Israel’s Arcaffe chain, in which he one of the shareholders).
He began his career as an ornithologist, and even made a global name for himself in that field before starting to study the secrets of coffee in 1986. He moved to Brazil for several months, where he learned professional coffee tasting.
How do you taste coffee?
“The way to taste coffee hasn’t changed for decades. In the Brazilian method, you look for a roundish and pleasant flavor, which doesn’t leave your mouth dry.
“If you’re tasting espresso, it has to have a good smell, a suitable texture, a reddish-brown color and foam with very thin lines and small and dense bubbles. The flavor itself must include a pleasing bitterness, combined with a sort of sweetness.”
Is coffee healthy or unhealthy? Which studies should we believe?
“All studies are budget-dependent, so I don’t take them seriously – both when they’re in favor and against coffee. One must use logic and common sense. If someone suffers from a heart disease, I wouldn’t recommend drinking exaggerated amounts of coffee. But if you’re healthy, a few cups of coffee will do no harm.
“Every person must listen to his or her own body and know what it does to it. My wife won’t drink coffee in the evening because she won’t be able to fall asleep at night. I can drink espresso at midnight and fall asleep like a baby.
“Men in Israel drink more espresso, and women take more milk with their coffee. In general, one should use less milk or no milk at all. Milk makes the coffee flavors indistinct so that its real flavor is less enjoyable.
“In Israel people drink a lot of coffee with milk, and an exaggerated amount of milk definitely seems unhealthy to me.”
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