You’d have thought that the toilet was a pretty basic and simple to use piece of equipment, but just like seemingly everything in today’s modern technological obsessed society the toilet is getting a hi-tech makeover. No longer is the toilet just a place do your business, flush it and be done with it; they’re becoming a destination that does far more than provide a place to sit and sometimes end up on it for ages since you took a book or magazine in with you (unless that’s just me!).
We recently talked about the iPotty, a potty combined with an iPad stand that helped kids with their potty training. The basic idea here is that the iPad distracts the child, helping them get used to sitting down on the potty and not trying to get up all the time. This shouldn’t be used as an excuse for avoiding parenting responsibilities though, but this is more of a novelty product than anything ‘hi-tech’. Instead, lets take a look at some truly hi-tech toilets that you may find would be right at home on the decks of the Starship Enterprise (who’s betting on where your ‘business’ goes after you’ve flushed? I heard Mars ended up covered in the stuff!)
The Kohler Numi
If you’re going to spend $6,400 on a toilet then you’re going to want it to be something vastly different from the throne we’re all used to. Thankfully the Kohler Numi more than delivers when it comes to providing unique features, although we’re not exactly convinced half of them are even needed. Approach the toilet and the seat will open without you even having to touch it, and will likewise close on its own when you walk away (sorry lads, the toilet seat is apparently staying down!). Also included is an integrated self-cleaning bidet, an air dryer, heated seat (and floor-level vent for heating your chilly feet), deodorizer, illuminated panels for nighttime use and touch controls with options for temperature and water pressure amongst others. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it also plays music. At least you can cover the sounds of your toilet trip with a blast of Foo Fighters instead!
If you’re still not convinced have a look at Kohler’s promotional video, which tries its best to make a toilet look glamorous.
The Loowatt Toilet
While not packing all the advanced features of the Kohler Numi , The Loowatt takes a different approach to a toilets plumbing system. Instead of having waste go down the drain this quite ingenious toilet seals it in a biodegradable film inside a cartridge. Aside from the convenience of being able to place it where plumbing infrastructure is unavailable it also has an environmental benefit. You can link it to a anaerobic digestion system, allowing you to convert the waste into a source of biogas for electricity and cooking purposes, amongst other uses. It’s also odourless too!
So, one is brimming with technology while the other is a new type of toilet in a different kind of way. The latter is more environmentally friendly, and probably more useful, but you can’t deny the luxury you get from the former; although you will be definitely able to see the impact on your wallet!
In a few years we’ll probably have toilets that let you surf the Internet (probably recording your bowel movements too), let you watch TV, make dinner for you, debate the philosophy of life with you, move around your house for convenient use wherever you happen to be (and maybe even follow you down the street!), perform an opera, tutor your kids, give you relationship advice, write a novel, campaign for Prime Minister and beat you at Chess!
Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away there, but who knows where the future lies for toilets? Watch this space!
For now, it’s probably best to stick to simple but stylish toilets.
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