From the Over-the-Top Dept
Kevin Salwen on Life
OK, now we've taken this communication thing too too far. First, cell phones put us in reach by phone anywhere, any time. Photo phones bring a new video element to it all. Add BlackBerries for email encroachment. And now -- the completely wired bathroom. For those who just can't get enough of this in-touch stuff, the Wall Street Journal today goes into the toilets of the rich-and-ludicrous.
'When Greg Shenkman answers the speaker-phone in his shower, the water automatically shuts off. He can open the front door for deliveries while shaving. He's also put the finishing touches on a waterproof computer that will let him answer emails from his sauna....
'The humble bathroom, long a place of refuge and solitude, is playing quiet host to more workplace transactions. Bathroom business has gone way beyond tapping out furtive emails on a BlackBerry. Lately, more hard-driving homeowners have converted their loos into virtual satellite workspaces, with retractable desks or waterproof touch-screen monitors. Manufacturer Acquinox of New York says sales of its steam shower/whirlpool units -- a hands-free phone is standard in each -- nearly tripled last year to 14,800 modules.'