In the house of the future, sweetcheeks, every item of furniture will be internet-enabled. Until then (I’m pencilling it into my diary for mid-June of 2034), we’ll have to make do with the Ronda Media Chair – a chair (of course) with an attached PC-screen for email, web surfing and multimedia. It’s actually intended for airport lounges and other places where people are forced to wait and suffer heart-breaking separation anxiety from their home broadband; I mean, look at this happy model in his natty suit, feeling a whole lot better even though there’s not actually anything on the screen. Just sitting in the damn thing is a high-colonic for the cortex.
Available with a choice of WiFi or wired-LAN connections, installation can be as simple as unpacking it and plugging in a single AC adaptor. There are a range of colours and fabrics, and the computer itself is based around a touchscreen 10.4″ TFT with compact, backlit keyboard and trackpoint-style mouse, running WinXP Pro Embedded on a 1GHz Celeron M with half-a-gig of RAM and a 20gb 1.8-inch hard drive. Special SiteKiosk software prevents anything too naughty being browsed for, as well as preventing user tampering.