Akupara Games’ recent release Keep in Mind: Remastered is at its core a walking simulator that confronts heavy concepts like alcoholism and depression. Needless to say, this isn’t your average mobile game. It most definitely won’t appeal to a mass audience, though for those of you who are interested, it does explore some of the darker sides of average suburban life.
If you have never heard of Keep in Mind before, let me fill you in.
At one of the world’s most expensive office buildings, employees have been getting headaches — and not because their bosses are unbearable. Apple Park, the $ 51-billion headquarters of Apple, is a true feat of architecture, but one that could actually pose a threat to the health of the 13,000 employees it houses.
A scoop from the San Francisco Chroniclerevealed how Apple’s newest building in Cupertino has seen a number of quite serious accidents, thanks to its spotless glass windows and doors. Apparently, utility personnel working in the building are doing one hell of a job keeping the circular 260,000 square-meter (2.8 million-square-foot) building’s glasses clean — so much so that a number of Apple employees have unwittingly hurt themselves walking into windows.
Transcripts of 911 calls obtained by The Chronicledetail how these employees hurt themselves by bumping into the almost-invisible glass windows and doors. Cases of bruised heads and eyebrows have become common. “I didn’t walk through a glass door. I walked into a glass door,” one embarrassed Apple employee told a 911 dispatcher. These employees are probably looking forward to Apple’s dedicated medical clinic to finally open.
According to Bloomberg, Apple employees distracted with their iPhones are the ones who keep bumping into these windows. Desperate workers resorted to posting yellow sticky notes on the glass panels, except these were later removed because they tainted the building’s otherwise flawless design.
Apple Park was conceived by no less than the company’s founder Steve Jobs, who reportedly described it as “a little like a spaceship landed.” And it has certainly had an impact — although perhaps not the one he imagined. Since it was finished, the building has broken the record for the number of reported concussions.
Of course, we hope no one ever bumps into these glasses again. And although it might be a good idea for Apple employees not to focus on their swanky iPhones while navigating the luxurious spaceship-like compound, that might be tough if your phone needs to scan your face to unlock. Still, when window cleaners are this good, it’s probably best to keep your phone in your pocket.
Apple’s new, monster-size Silicon Valley headquarters may be a clear indicator that it’s one of the technology industry’s most lucrative and powerful companies. But since opening to employees in April 2017, the Apple Park complex seems to be doing more damage than good for the company. It emerged in the middle of February that Apple […] Read More… iDrop News
Apple Park, the massive donut-shaped Apple headquarters that Apple finished building last year, is an architectural marvel. The building makes extensive use of massive, floor-to-ceiling glass panels, giving the illusion that the building blends seamlessly into the surrounding forest.
But when Apple started letting employees use it in January, they discovered a big problem: they kept running into glass windows and doors. In the first few days, three people suffered injuries serious enough to require calls to 911.
“I walked into a glass door on the first floor of Apple Park when I was trying to go outside,” one person said in a January 4 911 call obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. He said he hit his head but didn’t suffer serious bleeding.
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Transcripts have been released for three of the emergency calls made earlier this year as the result of employees at Apple Park injuring themselves by walking into glass doors and walls. More than 3,000 gigantic curved glass panes have been used to form the walls on both side of Apple’s four-story campus, measuring over a […]
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An amusing tidbit this morning highlights a potential flaw in Apple Park’s all-glass design. Bloomberg reports that some employees who might not have been paying 100% attention to where they are walking have accidentally walked into the clear glass internal walls of the pods that make up Apple Park. As a remedy, employees stuck Post-It notes to the walls to make them easier to see. However, these had to be removed because ‘they detracted from the building’s design’.
Whilst there are some markings on these panes, it seems employees haven’t quite adjusted to their new campus. Apple is still in the process of moving employees over to the new campus; at last count, it had permission to move in workers to 5 out of the 12 Apple Park sections.
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