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Web-enabled toilets?!? Are they serious??


Mikes95XLT

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I'm not even kidding. Here is an article from ExtremeTech that I read today....

"Forget the newspaper. MSN's U.K. division has created something new to do while on the john--surf the Internet.
MSN U.K. has taken roaming (and communal hygiene) to a new level with the "iLoo", an Internet-enabled toilet that the software giant hopes will debut at various concerts in the U.K. this summer.

Users will be able to access the "WWW.C." using a wireless keyboard and a built-in plasma screen. MSN U.K. is encouraging advertisers to come up with their own custom-designed toilet paper to prompt users to visit web sites.

The iLoo will be mobile and is part of MSN's mission to allow instant logging on "anytime and any place", the company said. Users will be able to sit down, undock a wireless keyboard and conveniently access the Internet.

A plasma screen will be located directly in front of them which can be adjusted to a desired height level. MSN is also in talks with toilet paper manufacturers to produce special web paper for those in need of URL inspiration, the company said.

The iLoo will be broadband enabled using WiFi technology. There will also be a six channel surround sound speaker system under the sink unit for use with listening to music from the Internet.

"The Internet's so much a part of everyday life now that surfing on the loo was the next natural step," said Tracy Blacher, marketing manager at MSN said in a statement. "People used to reach for a book or mag when they were on the loo but now they'll be logging on! It's exciting to think that the smallest room can now be the gateway to the massive virtual world."

The outside of the iLoo will also be fitted with a screen and waterproof keyboard so the iLoo's next customers have something to do to pass the time. The iLoo is entering the construction phase, MSN U.K. said."


Here is the link to the site:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1053130,00.asp

Are they serious? Are we going to come out of the movies to use the John and sit down to check our email?? :rolleyes:
 


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I want it in my house. That will let me get rid of my stack of 4x4 magazines in the "library":D
 




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I think it's kinda cool in a way. Eventually everything will be hooked up to the Internet. Welcome to the Twilight Zone........

But anyway, I'd be happy to try it, but not at a concert. I don't even want to imagine what the surface of that would be like :eek:
 




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Originally posted by diablo5969
But anyway, I'd be happy to try it, but not at a concert. I don't even want to imagine what the surface of that would be like :eek:
My thoughts exactly
 




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My roomie already does this with his laptop and our wireless DSL. :rolleyes:

He gets embarassed if you IM him and ask what he's doing. :D
 




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What will this do to the average time one spends in the john. Consider the concert situation. Do they really want someone holed up in the loo surfing the net while 20 other people are waiting for their turn to use the facilities?
 








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I've been on the board with my laptop and wireless card. :) Heck, maybe I am responding from the throne right now! (Nah)
 




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You may laugh but I'm currently involved with a home automation project and yes the customer wants network points in the toilet. I just hope he doesn't do video conferencing from there !!!!
 




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hell I already use my wireless lan with the laptop on the "loo":D
 




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Been there son that. Using the laptop in the "Library" for years. Fist on a 100' phone cord. Now wirelessly.
 




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What a stupid idea. I can't beleive they are actually serious about doing this. Why would you want to use the internet at a concert? Normally I like to spend every second watching who I paid my money to go see.......
 




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Anyone listened to the news or anything like that recently? They're talking about this like crazy.... it was on CNN last night!
 








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And now, for the next segment of our gameshow, its 'What will Dean Kamen come up with next?' :D
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