Urinals get more interesting with built-in games
Guys have basically two choices when it comes to relieving themselves at the urinal – to look down, or look ahead. Looking to the left or right and starting up a conversation with the person next to you is more often than not a big no-no in most guys’ books, after all, it is not going to make anyone more comfortable at all, and neither is it good form to take a peek at your neighbor’s goods.
Here is something to keep you occupied just in case you feel that you need to shoot your mouth off – Captive Media has come up with a urinal mounted, urine-controlled games console – exclusively for men, of course. Talk about a new kind of hands-free gaming, as there is no controller for you to work around with, making this “wee” time different from Nintendo’s Wii…
A rather sturdy device will reside above the normal oval ceramic urinal bowl, where it is touted to be the gateway to an entire world of entertainment. You will be presented with a trio of generous targets where you will need to aim with your stream of piss in the urinal itself – stickers in the unit will read “Start”, “Left” and “Right”. The console is sensitive enough to detect just where the golden stream falls thanks to an infra-red device, and among the games on offer would be a skiing challenge and a multiple choice pub quiz.
I suppose a pub quiz makes good sense – those who knock back pint after pint tend to have to make more frequent trips to the loo, so a game like that is just perfect. Once you are done with your business, you will be able to use your smartphone to post up your personal best score on Twitter as well as a live leader board. The console unit itself comes with a 12″ LCD display, where it will reside behind some toughened glass so that just in case a brawl breaks out, it is capable of withstanding any collateral damage, and is easily cleaned.
Nice to know that the sensor unit is contactless and will not require a camera, which is definitely another important design consideration. It would be interesting to see just how the ladies will be able to get their equivalent, as a design is being worked on to address the issue of long waiting times.