The cubic Apple Design Award handed to developers every summer in San Francisco caused a bit of commotion at a San Francisco airport, mostly because of its design. Apple's Jony Ive must be having quite a laugh reading this.
As he was heading back to Seattle from WWDC, Game Collage developer Juraj Hlaváč
was traveling with a small backpack in which he had stuffed the Apple Design Award (wrapped in a t-shirt).
“[I] forgot all about it when I got the airport,” he says, following with a description of the next scene:
“The backpack went through the x-ray machine and showed up as containing a perfect, black square.”
“The guy watching the screen from the x-ray machine called for another guy, and another guy, and pretty soon there was small crowd scrutinizing the image,” he recalls. “The backpack came out, I sheepishly admitted to being the owner, and I was taken aside. When the TSA folks pulled the cube from my bag, it glowed.”
Naturally, the crowd gathering up behind him was intrigued by the glowing cube.
Juraj even jokes about their reactions, saying he expects to read about “intercepted alien technology of unknown origin or purpose” in the news.
Jokes aside, he continues to describe the episode: “Whispers passed over the crowd. After I explained that the cube is from Apple, the security folks reverently placed the futuristic artifact into its own plastic bin and ran it again through the x-ray machine.”
“This time, the other passengers got a glimpse of what the commotion was about and, once again, it was the glow of the cube readily visible as it entered and exited the x-ray machine that sent a wave of whispers through the sizable gathering.”
“Eventually, the cube made its way back into my bag, but the curious gazes kept coming [...] What can I say? Apple knows how to design their products.”