China copies National Geographic, divides a sidewalk in half for cellphone users

China copies National Geographic, divides a sidewalk in half for cellphone users
You might recall that back in July, we told you about a sidewalk in Washington D.C. that was separated into two halves. One half of the concrete was reserved for those who walk while looking down at a cellphone, while the other half was for those concentrating on getting from point "A" to point "B". The cellphone side of the street was sub-divided for talkers and texters.

The whole thing was done as a social experiment by National Geographic Channel for a television show. But the idea apparently piqued the interest of someone in China. In the city of Chongqing, a street known as "Foreigner Street" (not named after the rock band, we're sure) was similarly divided.
 
The city, one of the five largest in China, might run into the same problem that those in Washington D.C. had to deal with. Those looking down at their cellphone were so engrossed in what they were doing, many never even noticed the directions painted onto the walkway.


source: News.qq via Engadget

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26 Comments

1. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

What's new with that? We all knew China always copy everything in the world, not really new indeed. Im not being racist or whatsover just stating the fact.

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Do you understand the meaning of racism? I ask this because many people blabber that word around when saying or hearing something con-race. Saying that "China always copy everything in the world.." is not racist one bit. Racism is defined by hating or discriminating against a specific race. You more or so less preconceived an opinion that isn't formed on an experience or reason, which is prejudice.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Kind of how like Darkkjedii runs around certain articles making falsehood claims of racism against him if you engage him too much.

11. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Lol what? You must have a hard on for him or something sort of like Samsung fans do for Apple fans

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Welcome to a public venue for discussing and agreeing or disagreeing on subject matters?

17. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Those claims aren't false. Some of the racial jabs are subtle and others are blatant. Both are intolerable regardless.

23. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

All walks of life pass through the inner city chambers. It's not used as a direct address towards one's ethic background. Besides, you're not going to see the most impoverished parts of the city lined up like idiots outside of an Apple Store looking to get the next pre-planned obsoleted device. But if we want to touch up on social issues, certain minorities DO victimize themselves, instead of working on the merit of achievement; whatever that may entail for them.

18. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

I know what racist means its just that I know that there will be somebody who will reacts on my comment as a racist, you know narrow minded people so just chill and relax, im not making any fight in here.

2. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

so,what's the benefit of that?

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Safety.

21. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Walk on the road playing a game you like the most on phone. You will know why

5. peace247 unregistered

what the h#ll..! !

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And the best copier is.........CHINA, congratulations you've been the best copier of the year.

7. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I don't see the point of that sidewalk.... Some will call it for safety but safety from what??!

8. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

If it is for safety, the cellphone lane should be the one AWAY from the curb.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Lol China knows no bounds when it comes to copying. Either they reverse engineer products or bully companies to hand over their internal knowhow so they can steal it shamelessly

12. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

OMG! National Geographic should sue China and ask the court to ban sidewalks in China!

14. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

What a bunch of iGnorants. So if someone first came up with a sidewalk, other countries cannot have it. National Geographic should be proud that someone agrees with them and uses their ideas.

22. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Xactly

15. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

So in this case Samsung and LG are the first to make a smartwatch in 2009, then others are just copiers like China.

16. Connie B

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Apple invented the cell phone and national geographic invented the side walk. I think anybody that make a side walk should pay national geographic a royalty fee. That is just fair use :)

19. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

This site and everyone else are copiers too by using other YouTubers ideas posting similar videos on Youtube. So this indicates that others are copier of Samsung gimmicky Heart Rate sensor on their smartwatches.

20. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Stop hating china people,,, i am no chinese and like most of people here, don't like China, but when they are doing something which is actually good then why put a copycat tag on them. So if tomorrow China comes with something safe, does that means other countries could not use that? It's all BS, and all of you who bash China for this should focus on their economic, defense and political agendas, where actually they should be criticised. TY

24. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

These are social norms we're poking fun at. The general stereotype, that always seems to be reaffirmed by them, in the media is that they're unoriginal and lack creativity; to the point where their inventions are practical carbon copies of pre-existing products; only they imitate a poor, lower quality of performance.

25. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

And if this is from an another country, nobody will say 'copy', they would say 'follow'

26. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

Copying someone's idea or something is the best flattery. Its great if someone invented or created something new, if no one acknowledging this new invention or idea or thing, or think it is good enough to be copied, then it is just something that is not relevant, soon to fade away into obscurity.

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