I have a hard time believing I can live without that gadget, but I have decided I can.
These are so beautiful and they remind me of the opening lines of Craig Raine’s “A Martian Sends A Postcard Home”.
Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings
and some are treasured for their markings–
they cause the eyes to melt
or the body to shriek without pain.
I have never seen one fly, but
sometimes they perch on the hand.
They are beautiful, but flawed. I got one as part of the original Kickstarter (maybe it was Indiegogo) project, and it lasted about 6 months with infrequent use. The design of the spine doesn’t work, and eventually several of the skinny spine pieces broke. The USB connector wasn’t well-seated, either, and eventually it was jarred from daily plug-ins until you couldn’t connect to it any longer. I wrote to Lumio to ask if they had a fix for the bad USB connector, and they said “No Buy a New One.” I politely declined, and recently I threw out the whole thing. OK, I kept the magnetic strap. That has no moving parts and still works as adversited.
Possibly inspired by this?
Came here with the same summary. I thought the source was fine as an ambient idea but not very practical for any uses I could think of.
It’s a nice shelf piece as long as you don’t use it.
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