Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe the new product we stumbled upon on CrunchGear today: Revo-Round, a round computer designed to “preserve the special features and characteristics of the Asian population for the future generations… thereby providing a small contribution to world history.”
Citing research from the University of Shanghai, Revo-Round claims that all that staring at rectangular monitors is making the Chinese go square-eyed!
From the product website:
If we let evolution take its course it threatens to destroy the characteristic appearances of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Recent research at the Medical Faculty of the University of Shanghai shows that the population of the People’s Republic of China will get more Western facial expression within three generations.
That is the conclusion of Professor Zhou Hongan. Measurements done in research at around 150 000 Chinese babies in the last twenty years has shown that the position of the eyes relative to the whole face has changed. It seems that the Asian glance will disappear as it takes on more and more Western features. Although the changes are minor and hard to detect, the rate of change of the face is to such an extent that an evolutionary development can be identified.
As the reason for the physical change the University of Shanghai notes the frequent use of computer screens. 87.4% of the people in the China has access to a computer while sales of “tangible” newspaper and magazine are painfully stagnant.
Come again? Eye position is changing because Chinese read the news online? And if they are focusing on position of the eyes, then why does this (awesome) graphic seem to be illustrating a change in eye size?
And what happens if Western people use it? Will our eyes just eventually explode out of our heads?
Investment in the new product is said to have hit over $60 million, including Silicon Valley investors and some Dutch guy.
By now the internet is full of people calling shenanigans. What do you think? Is it a hoax? If so, who’s the target?