Computer maker Apple's new iPad, like the iPod and iPhone before it, just might be the must-have gadget of the year. But all of these high-tech devices pale next to this computer-equipped 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550; a car we couldn't help but dub the "iMerc."
Rest assured that this isn't just some car with a power outlet that allows you to charge your laptop either. Built into the back seat of the iMerc, an already sumptious S-Class, is nothing less than a complete Apple Mac computer with a 24-inch Cinema display and full-time Internet access. Suddenly checking e-mail on your diminutive iPhone as you jiggle through traffic seems so 2009.
And while the new iPad might have some features that the stately iMerc does not, like a haptic feedback touch-screen keyboard, Apple's latest technobauble will never have heated leather seats, a built-in refrigerator, or a 5.5 liter V-12 engine that gets you from zero to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.
"There's never been a more accommodating car. You are literally riding around with the whole Internet at your fingertips," said Julian Weller of New York's Silk Road Luxury Chauffeur Service.
Weller, who came up with the idea, said the plan was to create a totally mobile office. He worked with Apple to gather all the hardware and software required to bring the concept to fruition.
In addition to all its impressive technology, many celebrities have been chauffeured around New York City in the car. Though Steve Jobs has never been a passenger, the list does include the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, pop-star Janet Jackson, and rapper Fabolous.
But if you're looking any behind the scenes tidbits about the stars who have ridden in the car, Weller is the soul of decorum.
"There's nothing that I'd want to share," he said, "I wouldn't want to give anything away."
However, with a 24-inch screen and full Internet access, you can spend your time in the iMerc browsing the web and get all of the latest celebrity gossip on your own.
Weller sums it up best when he says, "driving it is a revolutionary experience."
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