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Beach Connection

I ran across a href=”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2008/07/11/nlounge111.xml”an article about this hi-tech lounge chair /afor geeks and was both fascinated and troubled by it:br /br /blockquoteHoliday makers will soon be able to have all the electronic gadgets and entertainment they need from the comfort of their sun lounger.br /br /Known as ‘The Tech Chair’, the lounger will have docking stations for cameras, iPods and laptops and harness solar energy to power them.br /br /Designed by PC World, users will now have access to thousands of songs, films, podcasts, games, and photos, as well as Wi-Fi internet connection from the beach or poolside.br /br /It will even allows people to upload their digital holiday snaps onto their laptop before uploading them onto social networking sites such as Facebook or My Space./blockquotebr /br /A few summers ago, I encountered this a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MMQ6E0?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000MMQ6E0″Lafuma lounge chair/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000MMQ6E0″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / while on vacation and we bought one. I thought this was “high-tech” enough for me but I see I was wrong. I am fascinated because with the geek chair, one could take their work with them while sitting at the beach, particularly bloggers or those who use the internet for business. On the other hand, should people really be this connected to technology 24/7? How healthy is it? Don’t people need real vacations to just relax and do nothing or is this too much to expect in our wired world? Is it awful that I want one?