‘Rising Chair’ by Robert van Embricqs at the Geffrye Museum, London

Emma and I went to the Geffrye museum near Shoreditch over the weekend and saw a great exhibit on “useful and beautiful contemporary objects for the home.” There was one chair in particular that caught our attention, the Rising Chair by Robert van Embricqs. We both loved the way it folded up flat for storage and then expanded out into a pretty comfortable and very nice looking wooden chair.

See the rising chair in action on YouTube

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Sainsbury’s self-service checkout is aware but not helpful

I was buying a few things from a Sainsburys local at lunch time. I used the self service checkout stand and scanned my items in. I then “used the touch screen to complete my purchase” as the voice said out loud to me. I inserted my card but didn’t press the “debit/credit card” button. I got an error: “please press the card button”. Clearly the machine is aware that I’ve inserted my card because it’s giving me an error message. The question is, what does it need to give me an error? When it detects that I’ve inserted my card, it should jump to the card payment option automatically and allow me to enter my PIN. There are unneeded steps in this process.