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.

satis lixil toilet japan smartphone remote control

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.

satis lixil toilet japan smartphone remote control

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.



  • David December 16, 2012

    I suppose you can call it a smart toilet. The smartphone around the toilet is an accident waiting to happen.

  • max hodges December 17, 2012

    Hi William, Is there someway to contact you by private mail? Could you drop me a mail?
    Max Hodges
    White Rabbit Japan

  • Cynthia Jackson December 21, 2012

    Would love to try test this toilet

  • bob August 6, 2013

    what’s it like to shit in?

  • Nancy Virgna July 3, 2015

    would like to get a quotation to purchase Code number IN2016-wt-0

    I am in Melbourne Australia