Japanese toilets are pretty sophisticated contraptions. From heated seats and “butt showers” to buttons where you can play sounds and music to preserve your modesty during noisy evacuations, foreign visitors never cease to be amazed by the tech and thinking that goes behind making that daily function a bit nicer to perform.
This is all the more surprising when you consider the rather uncivilized long oh-shaped hole-in-the ground that is the old-style Japanese toilet, a sort of open drain that even today greets desperate commuters in train station toilets… and is always certain to repel cowardly tourist no matter how badly they need to go.
Proving that there are still more ways to enhance that most functional of household items, Lixil is releasing three new Satis model toilets in spring 2013.
Using the My Satis Android app, toilet users will be able to control the Bluetooth-equipped commode with their smartphones, including flushing, lifting the toilet seat and so on.
You can make personal settings and play music through the toilet’s speakers, and also through storing your “usage history” in the toilet you can see on your device how much your electricity and water bills are going to be.
You can then set up a “toilet diary” to monitor your visits to the can and check on your health, complete with cute euphemistic symbols for what you managed to achieve on different days.
The new Satis toilets will be on sale from next February.