Friday, September 3, 1999 Published at 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Put your feet up and watch PC
The Ottoman PC conceals a Pentium III heart
Fat, round and with a lifting lid it could be a hi-tech potty.
In fact, it is an Ottoman foot-stool. But with a difference.
If you lift the lid, nestling inside is an Intel Pentium III PC, 15-inch colour monitor, wireless keyboard, DVD, video camera and more.
Galvanised by Apple's mould-breaking iMac and iBook, the chip giant has formed links with a design company, Sozo, to create something which does more in terms of form than match the refrigerator.
Sozo describes the Ottoman as a padded foot-rest which can double as a coffee table.
"A home server designed to reside in the den or living room acting as a gateway to encourage proliferation of connected homes through easy-to-use data and communication functions for each member of the family," according to a gushing press release.
Patrick Gelsinger, Intel's Vice President, Desktop Products Group, said, "We are naturally very excited about the creative implementation of our revolutionary Pentium III processor in the world's first Furniture PC."
Whether consumers think the Ottoman has the attractive looks and functionality of the iMac remains to be seen.