New Japanese Toilet Operated Via Smartphone App
Japanese company Lixil has unveiled its newest advancement in toilets, Ubergizmo is reporting, an Android enabled model that allows for control via a smartphone app. The Satis the Verge says is the latest in a long line of cutting edge toilets from the company.
Ubergizmo says the smartphone app allows a user to remotely control the lid, flush the toilet and can even monitor bowel movements if so desired. The Verge notes that in the past, toilets from Lixil have included models with heated seats, toilets that play music and that can clean themselves and the under-parts of people that use them. The Satis, the Verge says, adds a degree of control and versatility to the common toilet that has never been seen before. It can also be told to clean itself, to spray perfume, before or after use, and to maintain a bowel diary. Communication is via Bluetooth.
The Japanese have been at the forefront of toilet technology, the Verge says, for a number of years. Interest there in such niceties, they report runs quite high. Most hotels, for example, have both toilets and bidets and are self-cleaning and the bathrooms they are in generally have some means of air freshening. This contrasts sharply, they say, with toilets commonly found in the United States, where the simple flush-only models developed at the turn of the last century are still widely in use.
With the new Satis, Ubergizmo says, consumers can program their toilets to allow for their use as not just a waste system, but one that becomes a part of their daily routine. The timing of bowel movements and amount produced can all be recorded and held for future reference for use by the consumer or the consumer’s doctor. Future models they note are almost certain to provide the ability to either test fecal samples directly, or to send samples to another facility for testing on a regular bases. Such tests, they say, not only would help keep consumers apprised of their normal health, but would help to uncover serious problems such as colon or rectal cancer. They note that the new toilet is also able to track water usage and convert it into dollars spent on having it removed from their home. The new toilet also comes with a sound system, and speakers, also controllable by smartphone.
Because each of the new toilets comes with a wide range of options, prices for them vary greatly – from $2,385 for the basic model to $4,657 for one with all the bells and whistles.