CLOO' is a smartphone app that will soon connect those in urgent need of a restroom with urban dwellers willing to share one.
Consumers have already proven willing to share their gardens, storage space, parking spots and CPU time in exchange for a little extra cash, so why not their bathrooms, too? That, indeed, is the premise behind CLOO’, a smartphone app that will soon connect those in urgent need of a restroom with urban dwellers willing to share one. Working from the premise that it can be difficult to find a clean and available bathroom in many urban areas, CLOO’ — short for “community” plus “loo” — hopes to build a community of registered host members who are willing to share their bathrooms in exchange for a small fee. After downloading the CLOO’ app, those in need of a restroom will be able to use it to see the registered hosts nearby. Along with basic details, the app will also indicate whether those hosts share any social networking friends in common with the user, as well as the host’s community rating and the price of their loo. Users can then send a request to see if the host is home; if they are, the user is then invited to use the host’s loo and a payment equivalent to roughly “the cost of a latte” is deposited into the host’s account. Afterwards, ratings for each party can be submitted through CLOO’. The video below explains the premise in more detail: Due for launch next spring, Brooklyn-based CLOO’ anticipates establishing brand partnerships to help its sellsumer hosts keep their facilities stocked at no extra cost. Brands and app-minded entrepreneurs: one to partner with? Spotted by: Parul Rohatgi