Outdoor technology gone wrong, or about to

Nice bubble tent; have you heard of Zorbing?

I usually like anything technology can do to improve the outdoor experience -- though I'm continually disappointed no one has commercialized this anti-mosquitosystem.

But have a look at the pic of this high-tech bubble tent and tell me what you think.

There are apparently a string of these set up across France to attract tourists willing to spend £400 ($636) per night exposing themselves to the European equivalent of a raccoon.

The fittings are nice, the AC is probably welcome, and the view is certainly better than you get from most tents. Almost certainly so would the condensation and the crowding and the need to find a little privacy while you change your shorts.

Although, if you camp with kids, as most people do, you probably won't have time to worry about needing to change, before the kids start treating the inflatable like a moonwalk and your elegant camping adventure turns into an emergency lesson on Zorbing.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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