posted on Sep, 8 2012 @ 01:57 AM
Imagine if Apple patented the wheelchair. They would be lauded for designing such a revolutionary device that changes the lifestyle of many people. Of
course, Apple would describe the patent for their wheelchair as "a wheel-based mobility device" and by extension would also claim intellectual
rights on all wheel-bound transportation, and demand royalties on automobiles as well.
By their reasoning, there may be times when when their "wheel-based mobility devices" may be inconvenient to others around you, or may pose a threat
to security. To prevent this, they come up with the brilliant idea to keep one wheel loose, so someone could just kick the wheel off at any time in
order to prevent you from using it, if they decide that your device shouldn't be used in that particular area. It is simply up to the
person/organization to decide when it's appropriate to put the wheel back on, usually when you're leaving the establishment, if you're lucky.
I'm not saying wheelchairs and smartphones should be equal in terms of cultural acceptance or ubiquity, I'm just saying that I'm glad Apple didn't
patent the wheelchair.