Coming to a bowl near you: "Surfing on the loo" with Internet access at portable toilets.
The iLoo being developed by the MSN division of Microsoft Corp. in Britain is a standard portable toilet - a loo to the English - with a wireless keyboard and extending, height-adjustable plasma screen in front of the seat. MSN officials say they're negotiating for the manufacture of toilet paper imprinted with Web addresses that users may not have tried. There would also be a waterproof keyboard and plasma screen on the outside for those waiting in line.
MSNBC reports, "From the outside, the iLoo is little different from other portable toilets. But inside, Microsoft serves up accouterments that might rival some iLoo users' home PC setups. A Windows XP-powered computer resides under the sink with connection to 6-channel surround audio. A flat-screen plasma display swivels out from the side of the WWW.C, and a waterproof wireless keyboard can be placed on the lap for comfort. The iLoo is equipped with 802.11b wireless networking for providing broadband Internet access. The toilet uses vacuum suction to dispose of waste."
No word on whether the Blue Screen of Death will come in a special tint of "Ty-D-Bowl Blue."
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