Published at Tuesday, February 27th 2018. by Elvira Oria in Toilet Seat.
Toto’s Washlet toilet for example has a sensor that recognizes when you’re coming and sprays a quick spritz of water to the sides of the bowl to make it wet and improve lubricity. This isn’t guesswork. Toto spent time studying the tribology coefficient of friction which is a fancy way of saying the science of how surfaces interact and found that making the porcelain wet reduces stickiness so the toilet stays cleaner longer.
Strang says this technology is moving slowly and cautiously. “It’s tied up with making sure there’s a marketplace for the innovation and it comes with the proper regulation and legislation” he says. “You want the biometric feedback to be true and accurate and reliable. One incident of nonreliability will cause it to crash”. In other words if the current whiz-bang features aren’t enough to get you to splurge on a smart toilet just sit tight — there’s more to come.
For manufacturers of smart toilets the biggest hurdle seems to be getting people to try the product. Not an easy feat. “Think about how most of us grew up” Kohler’s Allis says. “When we are going through our toileting routine we use toilet paper. Smart toilets with bidets are something very different for the vast majority of the U.S. market. Once you use a product like this you don’t want to go back. But how do people get that exposure?”
For some American Standard models surface technology is fired directly into the chinaware to help resist dirt buildup and make the toilet easier to clean. The company also has cleaning systems built into toilets such as the ActiClean. A button independent of the flush releases a cleaning solution into the tank. “These are innovations to make a consumer’s life easier” Walsh says. “Nobody wants to worry about a dirty toilet”.
The flush of water in most toilets comes from 30 to 60 holes beneath the rim of the bowl. Often this area can build up with grunginess from waste and minerals left behind by the trickle of water. In new designs from Toto the multihole method is replaced with a Tornado flush which consists of two jets that spin the water at high speed to remove grime.
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