World's Most Evil Gadgets世界上最不幸的科技產品意外(上)
(1) iPods kick out the jams -- and the flames!
Obviously one of the most popular gadgets around, the iPod was due for some problems. A string of incidents occurred with the nano's battery catching fire, including an airport worker whose pants caught on fire. This malfunction most likely occurs because of the lithium-ion battery in the first-generation devices, and now the Japanese government is ordering Apple to investigate the problem. More recently, Engadget received blurry photos showing two iPod Touch players that allegedly caught on fire. We're still not sure what's up, but if your iPod feels hot, be careful.
時下最流行的電子產品iPod就是第一位加害人，iPod Nano之前曾發生一連串電池起火意外，包括造成一名機場員工的褲子著火，起火的原因很可能與其所使用的第一代鋰電池有關，目前日本政府已經下令 Apple進行調查，不過最近咱們又收到幾張模糊的照片，寄件人聲稱照片中的iPod Touch也上演同樣的煙火秀，所以提醒大家，要是大家手上的iPod真的很燙的話，請隨時準備滅火器。
(2) Cell phone batteries cause more harm than cancer!
Another gadget to use lithium-ion batteries, the cell phone, has a history of problems with blowing up. Victims include children, a pregnant woman in India who escaped with minor burns, and a 22-year-old Chinese welder who died when the phone in his chest pocked exploded. The problem doesn't seem to be relegated to only one brand, with Nokia getting hit hardest after being forced to recall 46 million at-risk batteries. Keep an eye out for any recalls involving your phone.
(3) Phones the make you love them so much you'll do anything to save them -- even die!
People's addictions to their gadgets can be much worse more than BlackBerry thumb and separation anxiety, at least when it comes to retrieving lost phones. In two separate incidents last June, people drowned while trying to retrieve a dropped phone. First, a Wisconsin man was trapped in a sewer drain, and a day later, a 16-year-old from North Carolina was killed in a lake. Last January, a tourist in New York jumped onto subway tracks to get his iPhone, but luckily survived. Hopefully these incidents serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of the cell phone-using world.
(4) Mom was right -- video games are bad!
People can argue all day long about gaming being bad for you, but there's no debate that "Arm Spirit," a Japanese arm wrestling game, is harmful to your health. The arcade cabinet featured a plastic robot arm that went against players, but unfortunately, it was a bit too aggressive for some -- it broke three gamers' arms. In total, 150 cabinets were recalled, even though a spokesperson said, "Even women should be able to beat it."
(5) Mom is still right -- Bad Video Games, part 2
When the Nintendo Wii first came out, people were amazed at the gameplay and shocked when the next-gen console started leading to physical and property damage. While many incidents can be chalked up to recklessness -- Nintendo didn't make you walk into your friend's backswing -- many of the earlier Wiimotes had faulty straps that sent the controllers flying, sometimes breaking TVs. The phenomenon led to sites like WiiHaveAProblem.com and this hilarious Southwest Airlines commercial.
(6) Your teacher was right, too -- Bad Video Games, part 2
The advent of portable video games certainly added to the millions of ways kids goof off in class, but for one unlucky middle-schooler, his punishment was much worse than detention. A 12-year-old in Michigan felt the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in his pocket rapidly heat up, eventually burning through his pocket and melting to his skin. It's still unclear if it was the boy's fault for using the wrong battery or just a freak malfunction, but one thing is known: The disc in the PSP was popular driving game 'Burnout.'
(7) GPS takes drivers on a scenic route -- to trouble
Long before it happened to Michael Scott on 'The Office', GPS systems have rewarded their users' blind faith by leading them into harm's way. A rash of incidents have occurred in the past year, including a British woman who drove her Mercedes into a river, a Swiss trucker drove down a pedestrian walkway, a New York man's car was hit by a train after cruising onto tracks, and two truckers who found themselves wedged in tight spots in two separate locations. Please, people -- pay attention to the road signs before someone really gets hurt.
(8) Robots Are Evil, Part 1
Anyone who spends time on the Internet knows it's full of dangerous information, and one Australian man proved that it can be downright deadly. Just this week, an 81-year-old built a complex robotic device that fired a .22 caliber bullet from downloaded plans and used it to commit suicide. The exact nature of the device hasn't been revealed, but apparently it remotely fired four shots, leaving him dead in his driveway.
(9) Robots Are Evil, Part 2
In another robot-involved shooting more akin to the 'Terminator' movies, an anti-aircraft gun killed nine soldiers and injured 14 after malfunctioning. The gun, designed to automatically target and fire at enemy aircraft and missiles without any human intervention, began wildly spraying "hundreds of high-explosive 0.5kg 35mm cannon shells around the five-gun firing position." The weapon ceased firing only after running out of ammunition.