The Internet will be everywhere, even on petrol pumps, according to Cisco Systems.
"The internet will change every aspect of our lives - the way we work, play and learn," said John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems, in his keynote at Comdex.
"Convenience and personalisation" was now the way forward, he said.
To demonstrate how all-encompassing the Internet will be, Chambers demonstrated petrol pump manufacturer Gilbarco's Net-enabled petrol pump which will be installed in Carolina in the US in the next two weeks. Further pumps will appear nationwide.
"This is a great example of how the Internet will be part of every electronic device," said Chambers.
The Net-enabled petrol pump built around the Linux operating system features a touch screen Web browser that allows consumers to tap into information while they are filling up their cars.
Once you swipe your credit card and begin fuelling, the Net connection will enable you to find out traffic information, get a three-day weather report and even work out your route.
Chambers said the pump could be linked to what he calls a "click and mortar" approach where it could tell you that the dry cleaning you dropped in yesterday, or the groceries you ordered online, were ready to be collected.
Gilbarco plans to introduce further customised Net information preferences to its pumps for consumers, including share prices, news and sports results.
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