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Monday, December 05, 2005

rsstroom reader - toilet paper printer!

rsstroom reader™[via Spyhunter]

A crazy new product out of Taiwan seems to be aimed at the feed dependent of us out there. The 'rsstroom reader' is a bathroom gadget that prints news feeds onto your T-P - that's right, your TOILET PAPER! The best part is the "biometrics" toilet seat that'll figure out who you are based on your weight and prints the news you want - not your roommates tabloid garbage. Going to the rsstroom will never be boring again! Here's the scoop:


Yi Tien Electronics enters the digital home with rsstroom reader™ personal news delivery system

TAIPEI, December 4, 2005 - Yi Tien Electronics today announced a breakthrough news delivery system for the restroom. At a press conference, Yi Tien Electronics unveiled the rsstroom reader™, an rss reader for the restroom which prints directly to toilet tissue through RapidResolution® inkjet technology. Complete with wireless connectivity, the rsstroom reader™ will print out up to the minute articles from rss 2.0 and atom newsfeeds. Configurable via web browser*, the rsstroom reader™ can be set up to output an unlimited number of feeds in either sequential, alternating, or random mode. Included with the rsstroom reader™ deluxe package is the biometric seat which allows for customized feed output based on the unique features of users. The biometric seat also allows for tracking & printing the progress of your weight-loss regime.

Yi Tien Electronics also announced the future availability of a commercial version of the rsstroom reader™, a more robust model intended for installation in public restrooms. The commercial model allows advertisers to place customized messages targeted to a specific audience through Yi Tien Electronics' online subscription service.

* rsstroom reader™ control panel requires Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher on PC or Mac


[note: the rsstroom reader™ is a conceptual product by dj spyhunter]

49 Comments:

Anonymous said...

fake, but love it :D

6:58 AM

 
Sherpa said...

Can you give a link to the company product page?
The http://www.yider.com/ site does not list this as one of their products.

11:54 AM

 
Jan said...

So how'd they solve the ink smudge problem? It'd kinda defeat the whole purpose of the TP otherwise...

2:20 PM

 
Anonymous said...

I have one of these and if you sit on the paper, it does bleed through, and you can read the news in a mirror off your own bottom!!

7:00 PM

 
Leon said...

Mind letting us know where you found this piece of news? I can't find any info on it or the company.

7:39 PM

 
giffo said...

dont think it is real but i want one hehe

1:20 AM

 
Anonymous said...

oh that's just rediculous...

1:28 AM

 
Cayobo said...

This would be perfect for George W. Bush's speeches.

1:43 AM

 
Stephanie said...

That's a great one :)

2:23 AM

 
Anonymous said...

god damn!

3:03 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This idea was done by a Designer studting at Brunel Student for his final year majot project 2002!

It was exhibited at the Ideal Home show 2003:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2917739.stm

4:26 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This idea was done by a Designer studying at Brunel for his final year major project back in 2002!

It was exhibited at the Brunel design exhibition 2002 as well as at the Ideal Home show 2003:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2917739.stm

4:27 AM

 
Carl said...

Requires Internet Explorer 6 or higher on PC or Mac....

Hmmm... Mac only has ie5.... Hmmm.... Poorly worded or a no go for mac users.

5:28 AM

 
Andy said...

>Jan said...
So how'd they solve the ink smudge problem? It'd kinda defeat the whole purpose of the TP otherwise...


Ummm, Jan...I think the idea is to read the news before you use the TP, not after. That should solve the smudge problem

6:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

nice having a multicolored ass :)

7:04 AM

 
The Guy said...

Great product! The greatest feature is the satisfaction of wiping my bottom with the state of current journalism.

I must warn those who have a hairy derriere the biometric feature has some glitches. The system has problems identifying through numerous course fibers.

7:18 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The biometrics ought to include infrared fecal analysis; the food you ate 4-8 hours ago will certainly give a better idea of your interests.

7:26 AM

 
EntityX said...

Great product, at least we dont need to look for a newspaper or book when we are going to do the big business. Just hope it will not smudge, else it would be great to look at only.

9:32 AM

 
j$ said...

now i have no reason to leave the bathroom. thanks technology!

10:03 AM

 
K. Restoule said...

A fine use of a Zebra printer.

Though I'd like to know how they prevent the TPfrom catching fire since the Zebra is a thermal printer.

10:19 AM

 
Mini Chate said...

Kinda chate, but it looks cool at least :P

11:41 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Ummm, I'm not sure if I want to wipe with printer paper. Might chafe.

1:41 PM

 
Anonymous said...

It's worth mentioning that IE 6 on Mac doesn't exist. Anyone noticed how MS is absolutely horrible at updating their browser? Even the PC version still has no tabs.

2:21 PM

 
Anonymous said...

IE does have tabs - via MSN search bar. here

2:47 PM

 
Anonymous said...

I think this is bull. All it is a Zebra printer picture doctored up. Nice try

www.zebra.com

3:22 PM

 
Anonymous said...

Ha ha its a thermal transfer label printer. You can tape you butt crack shut with it!

3:59 PM

 
Some Guy said...

...you guys see the note where it says "conceptual product"? That means it isn't real.

4:36 PM

 
Anonymous said...

Now I'll never get out of the bathroom...

5:11 PM

 
Anonymous said...

From Anonymous Asshole:

And when it's not busy printing the news for the next user, it can busy itself pumping out bibles. That way, there will be plenty of choice asswipe even in the event of a power failure.

5:17 PM

 
Anonymous said...

the likelihood that this product will ever make it retail: very low you'd be much better off recycling an old laptop LCD screen to display a live RSS feed. Possible ways to do this:
http://www.macmod.com/content/view/210/2
http://www.macworld.com/2004/08/features/thenextdoityourselfmac/index2.php
the ways to network this vary, bluetooth is the best alternative so long as distance isn't an issue, obviously cables would be too cumbersome, so an AirPort Card would be nice..a possible solution would be to mount the laptop whole and use it's AirPort Connection:
http://www.macmod.com/content/view/467/1/
from here, it's a simple matter to use Apple Remote Desktop to log in to your laptop, and make it behave however you want...best part: you don't have to wipe your bum with ink!

5:29 PM

 
Anonymous said...

This is obviously a fake. First of all, how could toilet paper have the strength to hold itself up over the rollers, and if you look at the roll of labels in the printer, you can see two labels seperated on its backing.

Fools!

-Observer

8:06 PM

 
Anonymous said...

I'm surpised David Winer is not suing this company claiming he a) invented XML single-handly, and b) for a percentage of sales because he coined the term 'RSS' to describe what was really straight XML all along! DAMM!

8:20 PM

 
Anonymous said...

I'm surpised David Winer is not suing this company claiming he a) invented XML single-handly, and b) for a percentage of sales because he coined the term 'RSS' to describe what was really straight XML all along! DAMM!

8:21 PM

 
Anonymous said...

I'm surpised David Winer is not suing this company claiming he a) invented XML single-handly, and b) wants a percentage of sales because he coined the term 'RSS' to describe what was really straight XML all along! DAMM!

8:23 PM

 
Anonymous said...

quite useful as nowadays most web content has truly become analgous to something you would want to wipe your arse with !

9:52 PM

 
Auberon said...

I've been doing my own private blog on the roll as an alternative to the crossword. Of course, it all ends up down the john. I think someone once made toilet paper with crossword puzzles on it.

6:47 AM

 
Anonymous said...

i think google has a special offer for adverstising on it at ass.google.com

i want mine with multi-color ink!

9:48 AM

 
Olivier Blanchard said...

Does it come in avocado?

11:07 AM

 
Anonymous said...

So now instead of the "kiss my ass" comment you can say "read my ass"

12:08 PM

 
dreamcore said...

anon 2:21pm, I trust no one's waiting for MS to update IE for Mac. They bailed for good about 2 1/2 years ago after the release of test versions of Safari.

1:14 PM

 
Anonymous said...

Does it do A4 size for my big arse?

7:51 PM

 
CroneWynd said...

Gee... love the readers that totally miss that this is a SPOOF.

Have some coffee, people. *grin*

9:55 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Why so many bitter comments? I for one absolutely love the idea, even if it's not real.

4:48 PM

 
Anonymous said...

If they can print puzzles on pringles chips than they can print words on toilet paper.

12:19 PM

 
Anonymous said...

Issue: What happens when you need to go, but there aren't any news updates at that time? Hmm...

Are they expecting us to schedule #2 for only after major news breaks?

That could be tough...

4:51 PM

 
web wanderer said...

If they integrate fax, i'll buy that stuff. coz i always would like to print faxes on TP

3:20 PM

 
Gerard de suresnes said...

lol, i want one it's soooo coool

2:45 PM

 
Vic said...

hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha
hillarious!
especialy the readers' comments...

1:19 PM

 
Alan said...

LOL this is too funny!

9:10 PM

 

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