What Is A High-tech Super Toilet?

Posted: Mar 19 2019, 12:03pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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What Is a High-tech Super Toilet?
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Spending money on luxury items is a habit that requires careful supervision. Fast cars and fancy countertops are fun to have, but how badly do you really need them? Do you really need an uber-high-tech toilet? Perhaps more than you know.

Similar to having a nice mattress, having a quality toilet will come in handy during those hours of your life that you didn't realize made up, well, more of your life than you realized. If you weren't aware of the features available from these space-age porcelain thrones, here are some of the things they offer.

Water Savings

Let's start with something that's practical and not just luxurious.

If you've visited Europe, you've probably seen toilets with two flush settings. One uses less water for liquid waste, thereby saving our most precious natural resource. Now, you might have to have an awkward conversation with your houseguests who aren't as enlightened in the use of this new technology, but you'll be helping to save the planet in doing so.

Heated Seats

Did you think it was impressive when your car's seat warmed up to accommodate you on chilly winter mornings? Just imagine the benefits of that level of comfort against bare skin. We have the technology! Some equipment will even warm the floor under your toes. Heated water for your integrated bidet? Without question. Where've you been all this time?

Comfort Height

How high-tech is a slightly higher seating position to help those who are a little less flexible? Maybe not that high-tech, but it's a great feature that more and more "next-gen" toilets are integrating. New models range from 17 to 19 inches in height. Tell your pal with his lifted pickup truck he's got nothing on your new porcelain throne.

Motion-Activated Seat Action

In the era of hands-free everything in the name of cleanliness, you can now remove lifting the toilet lid from your list of icky tasks. Using proximity sensors and motion control, modern toilets like the iTouchless will lift the lid for you at the wave of your hand. Just make sure there's no one hiding out waiting to trip the sensor and watch you fall in. That'll never do on social media.

Bluetooth Speakers

Sunday morning was going so well until you meandered into the bathroom only to hear your dubstep remix of "Wicked Game" get drowned out. Return to the living quarters to crank the volume so you can hear it in the bathroom? That could be risky. No — what you need is a stereo system for your toilet. Now you can have it. In fact, these types of toilets are already finding their way into homes in Japan. Treat yourself — you deserve it! Just don't forget your phone.

Touchless Flush

Taking the hands-free conversation a step further, what if you didn't have to touch your toilet at all to flush it? It does seem like the most sanitary solution. This is one of the relatively cheaper features of new toilets. It works using an infrared sensor that can tell when you've finished using the toilet. There are even aftermarket kits available to convert your standard-flush toilet to sensor-based. Just make sure to calibrate the sensor so you're not dumping gallons of water away when you make a minor adjustment to your seat.

Are you sold? Some of these features are admittedly over-the-top. Many, however, are already showing up in homes and modern public facilities. Like the rest of our homes, toilets are getting smart. Choose whether you'll be a cutting-edge early adopter or late to the game.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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