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DRM Chair Self-Destructs After 8 Uses

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the collapsing-comfort dept.

DRM 215

unts writes "Taking DRM further than it's gone before, a group of designers have built a DRM'd chair that will melt its own joints and destroy itself after 8 uses. The chair uses an Arduino and sensors to monitor the number of uses, then triggers the melting of a set of joints that hold it together, making the product unusable without some carpentry skills. The video of device at work is both amusing and a little disconcerting."

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This might be... (5, Insightful)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year ago | (#43068331)

...excellent for congress.

Re:This might be... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068523)

And all of the executive branch too...

Re:This might be... (5, Insightful)

splutty (43475) | about a year ago | (#43068533)

I think in congress you might want to melt the occupants after 8 uses, not the chair.

Re:This might be... (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | about a year ago | (#43068677)

Damn... Where is the "Like" button?

Re:This might be... (3, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year ago | (#43069761)

Meanwhile in Congress

...excellent for Facebook.

I think for Facebook you might want to melt the occupants after 8 uses, not the chair.

Damn, someone ask the intern where the green button is!

Re:This might be... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068965)

It's longer than chairs last at Microsoft

Re:This might be... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068983)

Actually, for Congress, what I'd want would be a seat which monitors for how frequently / infrequently the person holding said chair shows up to vote and destroys itself after some threshold of absences.

Re:This might be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069075)

And don't forget to sterilize all the proles so they can't vote in new scum.

Re:This might be... (1)

dmomo (256005) | about a year ago | (#43069179)

You'd probably have to lower the usage to three or four times seeing as they hardly ever show up for work.

Neat video and concept to prove a point (4, Funny)

hsmith (818216) | about a year ago | (#43068343)

But were the hipsters necessary?

Re:Neat video and concept to prove a point (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about a year ago | (#43068743)

They weren't hipsters, they were Swedish.

Re:Neat video and concept to prove a point (1)

jxander (2605655) | about a year ago | (#43069201)

That explains a lot ... if the furniture was Swedish too, it probably just wasn't assembled correctly in the first place.

Re:Neat video and concept to prove a point (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43069751)

Though that too. It wasn't supposed to fall apart after 8 uses, it was just that I had this leftover part and 3 screws that I couldn't figure out where to put.

Re:Neat video and concept to prove a point (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069857)

They weren't hipsters, they were Swedish.

I don't see the difference.

Sounds familiar. (5, Funny)

splutty (43475) | about a year ago | (#43068357)

At least we can be sure that Ikea isn't interested, since their chair already do that by default.

(And I had a good laugh about the article :)

Re:Sounds familiar. (5, Funny)

NewWorldDan (899800) | about a year ago | (#43068467)

Great. Now buying a pair of wire cutters at the hardware store will be a violation of the DMCA (if it wasn't already).

That's not DRM (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068367)

This is not DRM; it is product-life expiration. DRM would be if the chair had GPS and would melt itself if moved further than 200ft from its location of first use.

Re:That's not DRM (3, Interesting)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year ago | (#43068511)

Or to charge a micropayment for each sitting.

Re:That's not DRM (5, Interesting)

BorgDrone (64343) | about a year ago | (#43068827)

This could be applied to anything. Imagine if the whole world worked like the content mafia does and people don't get paid for the work they do but every time the result of that work is used.

You don't pay the plumber for the hours he worked, you pay a little for every time you sit on the toilet, every time you flush, etc. You don't pay the guy who tiled your kitchen, instead there's a micro transaction for every tile you step on. Couch in the living room ? Few cents every time you sit down.

And if your grandfather used to be a plumber, you'll get paid for his work until 90 years after his death.

Brilliant!

Re:That's not DRM (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069147)

"you pay a little for every time you sit on the toilet"

shitcoin?

Re:That's not DRM (3, Funny)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year ago | (#43069159)

And if your grandfather used to be a plumber, you'll get paid for his work until 90 years after his death.

Brilliant!

Egad man, as long as any of our previous three generations worked at all, we're all multi-millionaires! DRM has eliminated poverty!

Re:That's not DRM (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43069763)

My grandpa was a bricklayer, but do you see me raking in the big bucks for rent of all the buildings he built? Nah.

I feel ripped off!

Re:That's not DRM (1)

Ponder Stibions (962426) | about a year ago | (#43068621)

I'd be suprised if supermarkets hadn't thought about this for their trolleys - only put off by price of course. Clearly 'analogue' restrictions are often cheaper than digital ones.

Re:That's not DRM (2)

Baloroth (2370816) | about a year ago | (#43068695)

I'd be suprised if supermarkets hadn't thought about this for their trolleys - only put off by price of course. Clearly 'analogue' restrictions are often cheaper than digital ones.

I have seen stores with carts that state they do this. Not sure if they actually do or not, but the signs stated the wheels lock up if it leaves the parking lot.

Re:That's not DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069585)

Yes, they have these. They could be lying, though. You should see a rather obvious mechanism on the wheels that does this.

Re:That's not DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068727)

They have. There's a Walgreens store nearby that has yellow lines in their parking lot and in a perimeter around the store. When a cart passes the perimeter, the wheels lock until some special tool releases them.

Re:That's not DRM (1)

MitchDev (2526834) | about a year ago | (#43068761)

Kids would roll carts off the property just to watch them "self destruct"....

Re:That's not DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069055)

You don't need "self destructing" carts for some idiots to have "fun". I worked at a regional grocery store (Meijer) back during high school. People would get a few carts into the bed of a truck and drive at 40 MPH down the firetruck access drive in the back of the store and whip carts at the buildings wall to smash them. On some really windy days I think some of them would push a cart out into the far side of the lot where the winds could really get them going, smashing them into cars at the gas station in excess of 30MPH.

Re:That's not DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069089)

That's why you don't have a job.

Re:That's not DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069219)

Kids? Heck, I'd do it!

Re:That's not DRM (1, Interesting)

Java Pimp (98454) | about a year ago | (#43068629)

Planned obsolescence. My dad was restoring a '67 GTO and discovered rubber tubes that ran from the molding above the windows to inside the rear wheel wells. Specifically designed to channel water and cause it to rust prematurely.

Re:That's not DRM (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069061)

Yeah, it couldn't have been to prevent leaks into the cabin or anything. No, siree.

Re:That's not DRM (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069221)

That's designed to prevent door/window leaks. The idea was that the water would run down the tube and out an open hole to below the car. Modern cars can still have similar tubes; my car has 4 of them - one for each corner of the sunroof.

Re:That's not DRM (1)

Java Pimp (98454) | about a year ago | (#43069851)

Perhaps I phrased that wrong. By "inside" I mean behind the quarter panel depositing directly on top the wheel well. Not to the "outside" of the car.

Re:That's not DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069229)

malice!=stupidity.

Re:That's not DRM (4, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#43068699)

DRM is properly thought of as Digital Restrictions Management, instead of Digital Rights Management. A good example of a previous DRM that implemented something like this is the limited edition DVD like disks that were being several years back. They were pushed by Disney and called Flexplay [wired.com] and only made for a couple years.

Remember DRM is all about restricting how something is used, even if that restriction requires the destruction of the devices. Many tamper resistant crypto chips will self destruct instead of letting a user access their data without restriction.

Re:That's not DRM (2)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a year ago | (#43069205)

This is DRM. DRM is everything from country specific games to how many installs you can do total or at one time for a game.
This tech installed in physical products would manage what you could do with them.

Or course it is not DIGITAL rights management (even if the circuit board used digital signals), but physical.

Re:That's not DRM (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year ago | (#43069653)

Considering they use an Arduino, the actual trigger for destruction is quite easy to adjust. Just add a GPS board, and reprogram it a bit.

DRM'd everything (1)

misanthropic.mofo (1891554) | about a year ago | (#43068401)

This could be the next big step for furniture companies. It may also be a boon for anyone that has ever been dragged out on a seemingly never ending antiquing spree. Then again once I get my butt groove worn into a chair or a couch, I'd be pissed if it self-destructed. Next thing to look forward to...seating with wi-fi, for pay as you go seating.

Old news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068407)

Car manufacturers have had this technology for decades.

nothing new (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068489)

Harbor Freight has perfected this technology ages ago.

New business model (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068531)

You aren't buying a piece of furniture. You are leasing a non-transferable limited license to sit.

!DRM (1)

Huggs (864763) | about a year ago | (#43068551)

This is called Planned Obsolescence [wikipedia.org]

Re:!DRM (5, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#43068801)

This is called Planned Obsolescence

No, this is Programmed obsolescence. Planned obsolescence depends on statistics. This is much more reliable, and should really help with the spreadsheets.

Re:!DRM (1)

rioki (1328185) | about a year ago | (#43068945)

Nevertheless if coupled with a license, programmed obsolescence is a form of DRM, it controls the application of a license by means of software and hardware.

Should have been a toilet (1)

Anonymous Cod (2647669) | about a year ago | (#43068567)

Most of the sitters looked as if they were mounting a toilet and getting ready to take a big dump. It must have been fragile the way they all were being so gentle with it, and not one of them leaned against the back rest... cute idea though.

Perfect Timing (2)

guttentag (313541) | about a year ago | (#43068595)

I'm sitting in a chair at the dealership where I bought my new car 19 months ago, waiting for the service department to come back and tell me my failed brake caliper is "normal wear and tear."

Looks down at my chair suspiciously...

not tuneful (1)

nozzo (851371) | about a year ago | (#43068625)

sorry but it lost credence as it didn't play 'daisy' with a decreasing tempo as it melted - good effort though.

How's this DRM? (3, Interesting)

bobbied (2522392) | about a year ago | (#43068637)

Digital Rights Management?

There isn't anything "digital" about a chair that needs rights management. You cannot use a chair multiple times by making a digital copy of it, nor can you transfer a digital copy of your chair to your friend. In fact the ability to use a chair requires that you physically have it. Now if this "rights management" somehow prevented you from making a *copy* of the chair, then it might be some kind of example, but it's certainly NOT an example of DRM.

Re:How's this DRM? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#43068755)

There isn't anything "digital" about a chair that needs rights management.

It's rights management implemented with a digital microcontroller!

CAN_SIT_IN_CHAIR is a boolean!

Re:How's this DRM? (2)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a year ago | (#43069249)

It is not Digital, but it is rights management (which is far bigger than copy perfection).

this is Physical Rights Management, and could be used to restrict who used a chair, how many times it is used, and where and how it is used.

Re:How's this DRM? (5, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#43069439)

And it's a good metaphor for DRM. It costs more to make, because this chair has a microprocessor. That cost gets passed on to the consumer, yet makes the product less valuable to them.

No DRM, just farts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068643)

It's not a DRM chair at all.... The last guy sitting on it just had the worst farts in history, making the chair give up on life!

Self destructed after 8 uses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068713)

I think IKEA already sells this chair, and it was a lot less effort than using ardrino's

Electronic Arts is interested in this project. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068791)

EA has started talks with IKEA. Due to their positive experience in the field of videogames, they think that a joint-venture with the swedish company may give a better experience for users of different kind of furniture. This model would include extensions of use of your furniture in time through a micro-payment system.

One Question? (3, Insightful)

craznar (710808) | about a year ago | (#43068839)

WHY?

Re:One Question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069127)

WHY NOT?

Re:One Question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069175)

Because of God.

Re:One Question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069243)

Wait, isn't this the website where people usually barf up the "why not?" or "because we can!" defences when someone asks why people bothered making that pointless yet fun DIY machine/program/killer-robot?

Re:One Question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069387)

If you're a greedy jackass capitalist, the question is, why not?

Re:One Question? (1)

pesho (843750) | about a year ago | (#43069397)

This will create thousands of jobs in the furniture industry. Congress should mandate that all new furniture on the market be self destructing to help the US industry. I know it would be mostly made in Asia, but it will be design by US high-tech companies (mostly, maybe) that one day will grow to be the Apple's or IBM's of the furniture industry. The world will envy us.

Re:One Question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069449)

Why not?

Needed! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068925)

We need this to protect the livelihoods of furniture makers in America. This will save millions of jobs. Imagine the horror of a person buying a chair and using it upwards to an infinite amount of times!

Thats not DRM. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068961)

If it had DRM in it then it would destruct if anyone but the original users weight and ass pattern used the chair, or it would make you pay if someone else but the original person sat in it, or you would be charged an additional fee if the chair was moved further than 3 feet from its original posistion.

Do these people have no idea what DRM is at all?

Healthcare (1)

WilyCoder (736280) | about a year ago | (#43069231)

Just you wait until the healthcare industry begins using this type of planned obsolescence....

Re:Healthcare (2)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year ago | (#43069717)

Well most if not all of the customers of the healthcare industry do have some kind of planned obsolescence built in.

Explosive bolts would have been more dramatic... (1)

kimgkimg (957949) | about a year ago | (#43069267)

The slow melting was okay, but since it was electrically activated, I think explosive bolts would have been far more dramatic...

My 5 minutes back, please. (1)

qazwsx (78379) | about a year ago | (#43069291)

Nobody sits like that and the video is too long.
The chair takes forever to be destroyed, my suggestion is to use C-4.

I can't wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069337)

Imagine how much markup you'd be able to get away with on normal chairs!

Nothing new (1)

RDW (41497) | about a year ago | (#43069363)

This is nothing new. Steve Ballmer first tested chair destruction DRM at Microsoft nearly a decade ago.

The injury claims will put a stop to it (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about a year ago | (#43069437)

The first time someone sits and the chair collapses underneath them, the resulting injury and negligence claims will bankrupt the company that is doing this stupid shit.

Hurting paying customers (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069497)

The chair would take the license key that I paid for because the authentication server crashed while I was registering. The chair melted down before I could even sit on it once. Now I'm waiting for Ground shipping on a replacement.

My buddy bought an unlocked one on Craigslist that works great and will never melt down.

So glad I'm a valued paying customer.

trash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069551)

Trash story from trashdot.

Steve Mann made a version of this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069667)

http://wearcam.org/seatsale/

Only his is re-useable. Similar idea, although different.

video at http://vimeo.com/14379729

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