Spatter-Proof Tech

6:00 PM -- Forget all the hype about Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s new ultramobile PC (a.k.a. "Origami"), the real killer application for touch-screen displays is here.

The pissoir has a pressure-sensitive display screen recessed into the porcelain. When a "guest" uses it, he triggers an interactive game -- yes, game. The whole getup is supposed to promote better aim in those who frequent public restrooms, thereby reducing cleaning costs.

This on-the-wall idea appears to have originally come from MIT with its You're In Control game.

A little bit of Web-browsing [ed. note: searching on the words "urinal games" is not recommended for those of a sensitive disposition] suggests that someone may have even tried to patent the idea.

Let's just hope that doesn't lead to another big round of IP battles.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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