New inventors on ABC (peripheral to birds)

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Subject: New inventors on ABC (peripheral to birds)
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 15:02:34 +1000
Sure this is peripheral to B_A. Please forgive me. Some, especially bicycle 
riders or people who like to identify bird calls they don't know, may think 
this amusing.
New inventors program on ABC TV had a device that instead of a bicycle bell 
emit a birdy sound when sensors in the hand grip are squeezed. I sent this 
message below to the New inventors website:

 The Hi tech bicycle bell featured on new inventors yesterday may be 
technically clever but sorry, what a dopey idea that is. Hard to believe that 
the panel didn't even mention this. The advantage of a bicycle bell is that 
people recognise it for what it is. A bell that sounds like a bird can only 
have two outcomes from the two types of people in the world. Bird observers 
will have trouble identifying the species and look around for a bird they don't 
recognise. Non bird observers will think it is a bird and just ignore it. 
Nobody will think "beware - bike".


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