“British company Captive Media thinks it has developed a product that fills a gap in the market – a urinal mounted, urine-controlled games console for men,” Dougal Shaw reports for BBC News. “It calls it the first ‘hands-free’ video gaming console of its kind.”
“The sturdy device sits above the normal oval ceramic urinal bowl, opening up a whole new world of entertainment,” Shaw reports. “The user is presented with three generous targets to aim for in the urinal: stickers in the unit that read ‘Start,’ ‘Left’ and ‘Right.’ The console is able to detect where the urine is falling by means of an infra-red device. And so a rudimentary ‘joystick’ is set up.”
Shaw reports, “The console unit has a 12 inch LCD screen, and sits behind toughened glass. So it can withstand collateral damage and be easily cleaned. The sensor unit is contactless and does not use a camera, another important design consideration. Windows 7 embedded, it is powered by one of Intel’s Atom dual core microprocessors.”
“A pub in Cambridge hosted a ‘pre-trial launch’ for free earlier this year, and generated some interesting findings. Polling suggests some competitive gamers worked out that by stopping and starting their streams, they could improve their scores,” Shaw reports. “Another noted side effect was that the toilets became markedly cleaner, as a new premium was set on accuracy.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David Andrews” for the heads up.]