Need a Restroom? There's an App for That

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BY JULIA CORDEROY ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource tech news analysis from Newsy. On th...
BY JULIA CORDEROY ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource tech news analysis from Newsy. On the road-- gotta go-- and can’t find a place to stop? There’s an app for that. It’s called CLOO’ – which stands for “community plus loo.” New York Daily News has the lowdown. “The ‘CLOO’ app aims to create a network of like-minded, trusting people using social networking to solve ‘the problem of too-few easily accessible restrooms.’” Straight from the source-- the founders of the service explain how it works. “In your time of need, open CLOO’ to search for available nearby restrooms. Using your social media connections, CLOO’ shows what friends you have in common with the host, adding a dimension of security and comfort. Select the host to your liking and submit a request.” (Vimeo) CLOO’ has received loads of support -- not only for its services, but for its concept. A writer for The Utopianist says… “Here’s why I like this app: it reflects an fantastically optimistic vision of humanity. Its founders view the world as being full of people who will happily let strangers in off the street to poop in their bathrooms.” But others say the idea is- well- crap. Here’s Arizona’s KNXV. Anchor (KNXV): “You go to any hotel and walk in, just walk in! They all have bathrooms in the lobby and they are all better than the truck stops and the Burger Kings and anything else you can find. And then you’re not going in a stranger person’s house that you may never leave. It’s like the ‘roach motel’ they go in but they don’t come out.” The Cloo team is preparing the app for Apple iOS and hopes to introduce an Android version in the future. If you’ve got either of those platforms-- make sure you’ve updated your mobile device to the latest version of Newsy’s award-winning app! Transcript by Newsy
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