An Answer For Issues With 'Lavatory Logistics' At Outdoor Events

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with Arun Rath about an app that's bringing the community hospitality model to the bathroom. They also talk about a project that's made reading a full-body experience and sparked a conversation about the future of books.

The New And The Next

  • Air PnP: For When You've Got To Go On The Go

    The app Airpnp seeks to provide an alternative to port-a-potties and public urination at Mardi Gras. i i

    hide captionThe app Airpnp seeks to provide an alternative to port-a-potties and public urination at Mardi Gras.

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    The app Airpnp seeks to provide an alternative to port-a-potties and public urination at Mardi Gras.

    The app Airpnp seeks to provide an alternative to port-a-potties and public urination at Mardi Gras.

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    "More than a million people show up at Mardi Gras — more arrests than anything for public urination, and so, of course, two young millennials show up and say, 'We've got an idea.'

    "It's called AirPnP ... What they say is look, a lot of people need a bathroom, there aren't a lot of facilities, porta-potties are fewer in supply, and so would you be willing to rent out access to your porcelain god? So they created an app, which just launched a week ago and is doing incredibly well. How do you like that for a little New Orleans genius?"

    Read 'When You Just Have To Go, There's Airpnp' On Ozy.com

  • Books That Make You Feel ... For Real

    MIT students created a book that interacts with a vest for a multi-sensory experience. i i
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    MIT students created a book that interacts with a vest for a multi-sensory experience.
    MIT Media Lab

    "Books are often about sparking emotion, stimulating all sorts of feelings, and so they said, 'What if we helped that along a bit?' And so, they've basically added a book and a vest — and involved in the vest and the book are certain sensors ... so that if the character in the book starts to feel sad, maybe you feel a little cold, a little sad. If the character is under stress, all of the sudden the book may vibrate or the vest may vibrate."

    "They've only created a prototype. They say they're not taking it commercial, because more than anything, at the moment at least, they say they want to spark debate."

    Read 'Good Vibrations: Augmented Books Give You The Feels' On Ozy.com

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