Japan, land of unique, eccentric, and sometimes totally whacked inventions brings another first: a toilet that users can control through an accompanying app on their smartphones.
Lixil, a Japanese toilet company, has unveiled a new line of “intelligent” toilets that will free users from having to touch any part of the toilet or its controls. A majority of hi-tech toilets these days make use of a control panel next to the toilet seat to automate tasks such as lifting the seat or flushing. Lixil’s Satis line of toilets, however, take it one step further. Using bluetooth technology and an accompanying application downloaded on their smartphone, users can send commands to the toilet such as lifting the seat, flushing, and other cleaning tasks after they’re done using the toilet. One can even select music to play while going about their personal business.
While sounding almost ludicrous at first, the Satis toilets do promote a clean and sanitary experience as users no longer have to touch potentially bacteria-infested surfaces. The toilet also has a feature to keep track of usage and monitors the amount of water and electricity consumed by the toilet. And since using smartphones while using the toilet seems to be a growing fad, it doesn’t seem that awkward to be using your phone for such menial tasks as well. Lixil’s Satis G, S, and E Type toilets will be available in Japan starting February next year.
[ via Geek.com ]