Innovation is constantly improving and expanding toilet design and functionality to use less water be more comfortable and yes even pamper us. “It’s starting to change — it really is” builder and designer Karl Champley says.
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
The Numi features a night light a heated seat an integrated bidet with temperature-controlled water an air dryer a deodorizer (a fan pulls air from inside the bowl runs it through a charcoal filter and releases exhaust out the back of the unit) music (Champley
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
As mentioned earlier infrastructure support helps proliferate the technology. Walsh says most new construction in Japan includes outlets near the toilet location which makes installing a high-tech toilet easier. Plus in Japan many units are small and have only one bathroom. So splurging on a
Shane Allis director of sanitary product marketing at Kohler says the integrated bidet function is something the company had in its Numi model six or seven years ago and is now becoming common in newer less-expensive lines a trend he expects to continue in the
Installation will become easier too. Systems such as ReadyLock from Kohler allow toilets to be installed without the need of additional drilling into the floor. “If you talk to plumbers there’s nothing they hate more than drilling into a marble floor” Allis says. “With our
You tap that illuminated area of floor with your foot and the ring rises. After you use the toilet and walk away a sensor detects that you’ve left and flushes and closes the ring and lid. The toilet can even tell if you were sitting
The latter category is one that raises eyebrows. Imagine this: It’s the middle of the night and you have to go to the bathroom. As you approach the toilet which is lighted by night light panels music that you preselected begins playing the lid rises
Kohler’s PureTide shown here is a manual bidet seat without the need for electricity. It operates just on water pressure alone. So if your power goes out you’re still good. The water isn’t heated so “people need to get a little accustomed to that” Allis
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