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Intel mocks cables

Designers back wireless

Intel today made its feelings for wireless technologies pretty clear by unveiling its specially designed Wi-Fi chairs which make use of the hundreds of old cables discarded by users in favour of wireless connections.

The seats — developed by the Design Laboratory at St Martin's College in London — contain fossilised computer cables, encased in clear resin, and are meant to represent the end of the cable era.

While they're designed to be placed in hotspot locations to allow users to log on to the internet in comfort and style, unfortunately the chairs themselves do not encompass wireless access points, acting as little more than quirky seating.

Eccentric designs aside, the rate of wireless takeup is nothing to be sniffed at. Analysts a Gartner research predict that 456,000 users will log on to wireless hotspots this year. While the number of installed hotspots will grow to 4,100, accounting for 27 percent of Europe's total number of hotspots and putting the UK ahead of Germany on 23 percent.

The chairs go on display at London's Deluxe Gallery in Hoxton square today. The exhibition runs until 29 September.

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