The "Ottoman PC" is a unique example of multifunctional furniture design that incorporates a personal computer into a fully functional padded foot-rest that doubles as a coffee table. The concept piece from SOZO Design serves as a hub for the connected home and features a 15" colour monitor, wireless keyboard, DVD and video camera.
The Intel powered concept furniture is part of broader initiative by Intel Corporation to "naturally adapt technologies, entertainment and information to people and lifestyles". First shown in 1999, the Ottoman PC has not yet appeared on the market, but whether or not this cute techno-cushion does become a consumer reality, home automation and computing interfaces will undoubtedly start to pop-up in unexpected places very soon.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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