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article imageIsraeli theme park turns donkeys into Wi-Fi hot spots

By Darren Weir     Aug 26, 2012 in Technology
If you think your Wi-Fi router is powered by hamsters, an Israeli theme park has taken it one step further by turning their donkeys into Internet hot spots.
The Times of Israel is reporting that Kfar Kedem, or Village of Yore, is adding a 21st century twist to its biblical tour. The village is basically a flashback to Galilee 2,000 years ago, giving a glimpse into the day-to-day Judean life, teaching visitors how to press olives and grapes, milk a goat and cook traditional foods
The Times of Israel says now the park manager has decided to offer wireless internet on its donkeys to answer visitor requests to upload photos and send emails about their experiences. Menachem Goldberg says, “Our village has 30 donkeys, and we’ve equipped the first five with wireless routers that are attached to the donkey’s body.” “In the future we’ll consider equipping all of the donkeys with the necessary apparatuses as necessary.”
Techland says Goldberg has put a Wi-Fi router in the pocket of the donkey’s saddle, right on its nape, and each ass can now provide Internet to five to seven people, but "if you want to surf, be very close to this donkey.”
He adds, “Galilee is very important to Jews and Christians, and people come here with very modern technology like iPads, cameras, and computers in order to find their roots. We are giving them an opportunity to connect with the past.”
And Goldberg is hoping the unique idea will bring more visitors to the park, telling Techland, "If more people come to visit, then we’ll have more money to feed them (the donkeys).”
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