Saturday, September 24, 2005

More trivia from Trivia no Izumi!

From Trivia no Izumi:

#818:

8 months before Apple came out with their iPod in Japan, Zojirushi, a company known here in the US for rice cookers and electric bread makers, introduced i-Pot (the site's in Japanese), an electric water boiler that monitored its usage. People can look up a specific i-Pot on the internet to see when it was used.

This was aimed primarily at the elderly to provide some sort of monitoring, since many elderly in Japan live alone and this was an easy unintrusive way of checking up on them.

The actual show had a clip of an old woman using the i-Pot to make tea, then using her iPod to listen to (and dance!) to "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz.

The i-Pot seems like an interesting concept, but I'm not sure if there'd be an equivalent of something like that that could be used here in the US. A George Foreman grill maybe?

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