This is the deal:
Late last year (December 2012), a Tokyo based company called Lixil had the brilliant idea to create a toilet that comes with an app. Sounds great, right? Of course! Using the wirelessly synchronized app on your (for now) Android device will allow you to lift the lid of the toilet, clean the inside of the toilet, flush when you stand up (but we’re used to this part), and automatically activate the deodorizer (good-bye horrible smelling Lysol).
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But wait! There’s more…
In addition to these awesome abilities, your wireless throne can also heat the seat for you, play music through its speakers, trigger soft lighting (you know, if you’re in a romantic mood), monitor and record electricity and water usage, and (get this) track your bowel movements in addition to providing health tips to have a more…enjoyable (?) experience.
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When we first heard of the corresponding app and toilet, we thought it was a magnificent idea! Let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to better their life by having a product that reduces the risk of coming into contact with various bacteria commonly associated with regular toilet use? However, some of the capabilities are a bit unnecessary—if not frightening. Who, honestly, would like their toilet to know more about their, um, ‘Bathroom Experience’ than themselves (and have it report health tips specifically customized to you???).
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The heated seat is understandable for those colder months, but wouldn’t that make you feel like somebody else has sat on it right before you? No thanks, we’ll pass. Playing music? Not needed, but a luxury, so we’ll keep it. The soft lighting is only triggered when you sit on it, but it’s not really required that I have my toilet alert me when I’m situated in the right place; this is a perk we will not mind losing. Electricity and water usage monitoring/recording is awesome!
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Personally, I would like to know how much I would be spending for using my toilet (that sounded better in my head). Finally, tracking my bowel movements and providing health tips is just too helpful—I’m pretty sure not even my doctor knows this about me. All in all, the app is provided completely free (and only in Japanese…) while the toilet is a measly $5,000…only…for a toilet. Compare this to the standard quality toilets that run for $350-$400, and you’d have enough money to have 15 bathrooms in your house.
This leaves us with just one teeny-tiny question: What happens if my toilet gets hacked???