last update: thursday, june 24, 2004. 7:48am (aest)
web eases board boredom
for beach bums who get withdrawal shakes if they are deprived of e-mail for a few hours, there is an answer: an internet-enabled surfboard.
the gadget, developed by microprocessor giant intel, incorporates a touch-screen tablet computer and solar panels on its top surface, which is protected from seawater by a thin sheet of clear plastic.
it has a wi-fi antenna for access to the web.
"and even a built-in webcam to capture those special moments at sea," the british weekly new scientist reports in its next issue.
intel built the novelty board to promote its sponsorship of a surfing competition in south-western england this month.
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