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Music for the john

People who can’t live without their music even while visiting the potty now have a way to bring their tunes with them to the loo. The iCarta, from Atech Flash Technology, is a toilet paper dispenser that also acts as an iPod docking station. According to the manufacturer, it is designed to make it easier for people “to listen to beats” while using the bathroom and to “enhance your experience in the smallest room.” Users just download music onto their iPods, then place it in the socket on top of the dispenser and voila, they are listening to music while on the toilet, in the shower or taking a bath. The dispenser measures eight inches wide and seven inches deep and delivers high-quality sound from moisture-resistant speakers. It also re-charges the iPod while playing songs. The iCarta is available from July 21 and will cost about US$99. For more information, visit: www.atechflash.com.

Robots enter the Hall of Fame

Hockey, baseball and rock ‘n’ roll all have their own hall of fame, so why not robots too? In 2003, Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science created the Robot Hall of Fame in order to call attention to the increasing contributions from robots to human society. There are two categories for robots to be honoured: robots from science and robots from science fiction. Past inductees included Star Wars’ R2-D2 and C-3PO as well as HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the Mars