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Best High-Tech Toilet?

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the man's-throne-is-his-castle dept.

Technology 354

shellac writes "For a number of years now, Japan has had incredibly high-tech toilets, complete with a funky electronic control panel that controls a water jet for cleaning the posterior, a hot air blow dryer, a fake flushing sound to cover up those noisy "Dumb & Dumber" style sessions, a seat warmer, and other nice features, not to mention the occasional amusing gaijin encounter. Prototype models can also chemically analyze urine using lasers. The manufacturer, Toto, has made these available in the US and in other countries, but they have failed to largely fulfill their promised potential, despite their popularity in Japan. There is some evidence Kohler toilets is keeping these out of American markets. The toilets also appear to be a victim of poor marketing on Toto's part, which in all fairness may be due to Western advertising taboos that do not exist in Japan. I know I would love to have one of these, and I suspect many others would as well. What does that /. community think of these toilets? Can anyone post a personal review?"

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FP?? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263521)



Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263522)

Wow, the Slashdot editors themselves are "-1 Troll".

How many pathetic see-thru attempts at an April Fool joke are we going to see today?

That is THREE consecutive attempts... and counting.

What a collection of sad, feeble minds.


L.Torvalds (548450) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263527)

Then again, maybe I should take a break.

P.S. Linux sux0rz my b411z!!!

Wow. (4, Funny)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263535)

Just how much time do you spend on the toilet? Time to cut some of the Mountain Dew out of the diet, maybe?


hehe... (1, Insightful)

Datasage (214357) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263539)

As long as thy have nothing to do with the three seashells

Re:hehe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263552)

Nice movie reference.... hehehe

Re:hehehe... (-1)

L.Torvalds (548450) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263571)

Nice rimjob you gave yourself in a vain attempt to garner karma.... hehehehe

Truly personal review (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263540)

The technology behind the ass-tracker is amazing. I can shift my ass to any position after dumping a load and the water stream still knows where my sphincter is. It's quite comfortable and pleasing once the initial embarrassment wears off.

Re:Truly personal review (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263800)

There's one fellow out there who doesn't have to worry about precise aiming from the ass-tracker. You can visit his website [] to find out why if you want.

Modem? (1)

Kizzle (555439) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263542)

Thats cool and all, but does the tolite have a 56k modem in it like the one from The Sims?

That's all we need ... (5, Funny)

Bowfinger (559430) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263545)

Just what we need, a nation full of toilets blinking 12:00.

The missing tag.. (5, Funny)

Talisman (39902) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263816)

Your post may have been the only time in history where the <BLINK> tag would have made something cooler.

nice evidence there.. (1)

\\ (118555) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263548)

"November 11, 1996", thats a wee bit dated.. maybe theres something more recent?

Three Sea Shells (5, Funny)

Crazy Diamond (102014) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263551)

That's nifty and all but I'm still trying to figure out the three sea shells.

Re:Three Sea Shells (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263616)

Haha, me too. I wonder if there is a website out there that explains that. If there is then my life would be complete.

It's easy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263735)

The left one is Powder Puff, the middle one is Warm Water, and the right one is Automatic Tampon Remover.

Guys, it's best not to mess with the seashells when you stagger out in the dark for that middle-of-the-night whiz-- things could get ugly. :-)

Lasers? (2, Funny)

noz (253073) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263554)

"Prototype models can also chemically analyze urine using lasers."

"An adult male's recommended dietary allowances for vitamin C is 60 mg per day."

If my urine is yellow I don't need a computer with lasers to tell me I've had my daily intake of vitamin C.

Re:Lasers? (2)

Peyna (14792) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263566)

Yellow urine can also indicate dehydration, not necessarily large amounts of vitamins. You could take plenty of vitamin C, but if you drank a ton of water, your urine would be mostly clear.

I bet my wife would never let me get one of these, I already spend too much time on the john, this would make it all the more comfortable, I might never leave the room.

Re:Lasers? (1)

sprlmnl (165349) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263573)

Chances are if it's yellow, you're dehydrated.

Re:Lasers? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263581)

I guess this also means, no more masturbating into the toilet.

"Honey, the toilet log says there has been an unusual ammount of semen in the bowl lately..."

Post a Personal Review? (3, Funny)

chafey (108827) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263559)

Uhh, no thanks..

Good for discussion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263561)

We actually spent a whole day in Japanese class listening to students talk about their experiences with these things when they went over as foreign exchange students. I found it quite strange, especially the flushy noise.

Clean my posterior? (3, Interesting)

hendridm (302246) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263562)

Do we really want water spraying up at our posteriors from a toilet? Seems like cleanup would be more work, and I wouldn't rely on a towel unless I was able to do some actual CLEANING and not just getter the dingleberries wet. Your other option is toilet paper which never stands up nicely to moisture. I don't want to get my ass wet after a nice healthy movement anyway.

I suppose this is what a bidet is essentially for, but at least you use it with the intention of actually doing to real cleaning of the undercarriage.

Re:Clean my posterior? (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263583)

it needs a power blower to dry your ass after it washes it.. i wouldnt mind that

Re:Clean my posterior? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263607)

Your wish is granted! Really!

Re:Clean my posterior? (1)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263623)

It has one.

Re:Clean my posterior? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263727)

Heeeelyeah dude, I've been wanting a sphincterial scrubing water ass-jet thingie for years now. For me it's like cleaning peanut butter from shag carpet. I'll leave you with that wonderful visual ;-)

Re:Clean my posterior? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263887)

congrats. you listen to too much "love line"

corola (sp?) is pretty funny.

Health Check (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263568)

I remember a Popular Science article on toilets that would check levels of blood sugar, and various other checks on items prior (during) their flush. Looked interesting, also included the ability to dial-out/in for stats and checks by health-care types.

The Simpsons (1)

Aash (130966) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263569)

Remember that toilet from the episode where the Simpsons go to Japan?

"Welcome. I am honored to accept your waste."

I want a toilet like THAT. The toilet-cam is questionable, though.

Re:The Simpsons (2)

Peyna (14792) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263673)

Hmm, instead of a toilet-cam why not hookup the infrared things on the automatic toilets in my dorm hall to a system that can provide information via a web page (or a console in the bathroom) as to which stalls/urinals are available for use, to avoid needless trips to the can. Also, you could hook up an odor meter to each john so that you know which one to use if you don't want to pass out.

Re:The Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263752)

You mean, something like the Random Hall Bathroom Server [] ?

What is the use of a high tech toilet? (2, Flamebait)

alen (225700) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263570)

Has taking a dump really changed that much in the last few million years? Why do I need lasers toanalyze my urine? Don't forget Japan is also the nation of porn comic books and school girl's panties being sold in vending machines among other sexual deviancies. These people go to Bangkok for sex trips and people want a part of their culture here in the US? Why?

Re:What is the use of a high tech toilet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263643)

Have you been to Bangkok lately? I have, and it's full of american's in addition to the occasional japan tourist. Regardless of your (uninformed, biased) opinion of culture in japan, a toliet that get's your ass clean is still something worth importing. Toilet paper is not only a waste of money but also inefficient.

Re:What is the use of a high tech toilet? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263656)

Don't forget the US is the nation of porno movies,
porno web sites, peep shows, street walkers,
massage parlors, pedophilia (priests and
other assorted perverts), beastiality, porno mags (hustler, jugs, etc), porno comic books (heavy metal etc) among other sexual deviancies. These people go to Las Vegas/Tijuana/New Orleans/Caribbean/Asia/Europe for sex trips and they expect their culture/language/jingoism to be
accepted by everyone else? Why?

Re:What is the use of a high tech toilet? (2)

nettdata (88196) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263657)

Don't forget Japan is also the nation of porn comic books...

Hey now, let's not be crossing the line by making fun of porn comic books!


Monte Carlo Casino Toilet (4, Informative)

rufusdufus (450462) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263574)

The most advanced toiled I've ever seen was in Monte Carlo several years ago. It was completely robotic. It had something like a carwash hooked up to it, and commodes on a rotating table. After each flush, it would rotate out the toilet and pressure wash the previous one. They really pamper the high rollers I tell ya!

Re:Monte Carlo Casino Toilet (4, Funny)

ross.w (87751) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263635)

I've seen similar to these on the street in London and San Francisco. The downside is that if there is a queue, you have to wait for it to complete the "wash cycle" after each user, which includes having the floor descend into a pit of antiseptic goo, and hot sprays washing & drying everything inside.

I had to restrain a lady who tried to bolt straight inside after I had finished. Maybe I shouldn't have...

More efficiency please! (5, Funny)

ghislain_leblanc (450723) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263579)

I have a few simple requests to toilet makers:

- Odor detection and removal.

- Gender detection and ajustment (regarding this whole toilet seat issue...)

- Self-cleaning

- Methane detection and recycling

- Portability

- Stability

- Scalability

- Modularity

... Oh man, never work on software design when you need to take a dump...

Re:More efficiency please! (4, Funny)

linzeal (197905) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263675)

Methane detection and recycling? What do you have a 500lb unemployed girlfriend who eats beans all day that just lost her job that needs to contribute money to the household or something?

Re:More efficiency please! (3, Funny)

nettdata (88196) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263682)

- Self-cleaning

You or the toilet?


Re:More efficiency please! (2)

Soko (17987) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263728)

... Oh man, never work on software design when you need to take a dump...

/slaps_forehead: That's why they're so productive at One Microsoft Way - no toiltes in the whole campus. Now I get it!



Re:More efficiency please! (1)

catch23 (97972) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263828)

don't forget an efficient algorithm for garbage collection!!

Re:More efficiency please! (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263862)

- Gender detection and ajustment (regarding this whole toilet seat issue...) now really, I don't want a toilet doing any cutting in that area, and just how would that work for the ladies? would it store the "accoutrements" in a jar or something?

If only... (1)

qwerpoiu (532823) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263585)

they ran Linux!

TOTO!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263595)

I don't know about you but I sure would like a high-tech throne named toto.

Just think of all the fun.

"Excuse me son, but I'm off to feed toto."

Dorthy on a toto.

"I don't think we're on a Kansas anymore toto."


Slashdot is really going down the ... (4, Funny)

rvaniwaa (136502) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263598)

I guess someone had to say it

I'll buy one if.... (3, Insightful)

pjdepasq (214609) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263605)

I'll buy one if they let me hook it to my LAN, and have a panel with Mozilla built into it. Then I can read /. while I'm in there!

Re:I'll buy one if.... (3, Funny)

godlee (100731) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263707)

I can't think of a better place to "punch the monkey."

Frankfurt Airport... (2)

billmaly (212308) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263606)

Lufthansa Business Class lounge (company dime during dotcom heights of glory!)....toilet there was self cleaning. Stand up, flush....the seat rotated while a squeegee sprayed it w. disinfectant and wiped it clean...all ready for the next "user input". Not as high tech as the article's executive platinum premier commode...but for a guy who has crapped in many places (from a hole in the ground all the way to 35,000 feet (not a problem in the 777!)), I was way impressed!!!

Expensive toilets (1)

Continental Drift (262986) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263614)

OK, I'm going to come clean here. I prefer to clean myself with soap and water instead of toilet paper. I've been interested in a good toilet seat that makes this easy, and I've looked many times over the years. Those seats are simply very expensive, much more than I would expect for something with a simple water spray and soap dispenser. It seems like the price is inflated because this is a luxury, or that such seats have far more features than I want. Maybe things have changed, and it is time to redo my research.

So... (5, Funny)

drik00 (526104) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263617)

How long until Microsoft tries to corner this market? are we going to have to get used to writing

"shit® happens"?

Re:So... (5, Funny)

SomeoneYouDontKnow (267893) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263724)

Well, if MS does enter the market, then I can see how a toilet crash would go. Instead of the BSOD, you'd get the BWOD (Blue Water of Death), in which the blue water in the bowl would rise and rise until it overflows all over the floor.

Re:So... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263814)

Must remember to flush buffer to avoid an overflow.

I'd say Intel should market it "Shit Inside"® except it might be a better description of their computers. Then you'd get into royal shit if you tried to do yoga on it.

Needed: affordable self-cleaning public toilets (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263627)

San Francisco has automated self-cleaning public toilets from JCDeaux. [] They're bulky and incredibly expensive, costing something like $60,000 per year to maintain. A complete cleaning cycle occurs after each use. Including the floor. There's a phone link for calling 911, a remote maintenance interface, and multilingual recorded voice prompts. Wheelchair accessable. Accepts both quarters and "homeless tokens", which are returned after use. Incredibly overdesigned. San Francisco could only afford 20, and they need at least 100.

I've seen the innards of the things when they're opened up for maintenance. They're built out of components from the Telemechanique industrial automation catalog. There are motors, valves, pumps, tanks, lights, and a computer with a rack of interface cards in a stainless steel box. That works, but it's an expensive way to go. You don't make a mass-produced product that way. You could build a washing machine, say, from industrial automation components, and it would work fine, but cost upwards of $10,000.

Some units from Japan designed for mass-production would help.

Truly high-tech toilet (3, Informative)

strredwolf (532) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263630)

Whoa... where's the Internetworked toilet seat? []

chemically analyze urine using lasers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263631)

Some of these features sound great!

However i dont see the point in chemically analyze urine using lasers in an everyday home.
This, however, could be an easier way of testing athletes if they have taken performance enhancing drugs or to diagnoise problems of ealderly or children.

I just dont like the idea of my tolite telling me if my is bad!

Rodney McDonell

The seat isn't important. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263632)

That you have easy access to wireless ethernet is.

Code on the can! Dump core! Memleak!

Home Improvement (2, Funny)

Chayce (199487) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263633)

Now If they only can come out with the lazybowl. A toilet with a morning paper holder, a beer fridge, a built in remote, and high speed internet access...

Frankly... (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263636)

...I could give a shit...


Re:Frankly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263897)

Not only was that not funny, but it should have been, "frankly, I *couldn't* give a shit."


Sounds cool (1)

klostrophobic (569967) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263640)

/me bows to toto.

Ascent E-Toilet Number 2.0 (0)

bulbul (1999) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263641)

The Ascent E-Toilet Number 2.0 is the most advanced model i've seen so far. Info at:
Ascent E-Toilet []

All I can say... (5, Funny)

nettdata (88196) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263642) that if I'm expected to spend that much time/effort/money for/on a toilet, there better be a button on that there control panel for "blow^h^h^h^h oral gratification".

Tool Time (1)

airos4 (82561) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263644)

I still want the one that Tim Taylor installed for Tool Time... that's more a "bathroom system" than just a toilet, though, complete with high pressure steam cleaning EVERY surface... cause some people can't aim, y'know. Besides, it looked cool.

Analyze Urine? (5, Insightful)

e1en0r (529063) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263645)

At Matsushita's research center in Tokyo, scientists explain how they are working on embedding technology in the porcelain that will catch a urine sample, shoot it full of lasers and in short order test it for glucose, kidney disease and eventually even cancer. One of the researchers, Tatsuro Kawamura, says future smart toilets will compile and compare medical results day by day, allowing doctors to spot important changes.

I'd be interested in hearing more about this. Will it store the information locally or be hooked up to a network? How will it know who's using the toilet? Who's to say they won't test for drugs or something in the future? This could get pretty invasive. (2)

tshak (173364) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263661)

About 5 years ago when I was an entry level web developer (ya, we used Dreamweaver... bleh) I worked on [] . I still work with the designer who made the animation and logo :-).

what a bunch of crap! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263670)

'nuf said.

Yes, I had one when I lived in Japan (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263671)

Once you get used to them, they really are hard to give up. Ours had a heated seat, something very valuable when you have no central heating and the temperature drops below freezing occasionally.

They are especially nice when you have the runs. You know, when you have to go to the heads all day, and by the end toilet paper might as well be sandpaper, for the effect it has on your sensitive tissues.

Japanese toilets also have (this is ALL toilets, not just the high-tech ones) two flush types: turn the handle one way for a small flush (#1), turn it the other way for a big flush (#2). Simple, environmentally friendly, and good for water bills. Why on earth don't we have them everywhere -- not to mention in the US, where I understand that flush volumes are limited by law. After all, if the average of all flushes is lower, that should be good enough, right?


Not all good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263676)

I live in Japan and it's not all good. When men don't aim the electrically warmed seat evaporates the stain and the room doesn't smell too pretty. Watch out you poor gaijin!

I own one of these!!! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263697)

Hi All,

I actually brought one of these from Japan! It is the best thing that I ever owned!!
The seat stays warm (perfect for those late night hacking session bathroom breaks after too much Taco Bell). It is definitally cleaner then just plain paper :-) The warm water really cleans the backside well.

Every one of my friends who tried it were all very impressed by my captians chair, and a few of them actually bought one in the States.

Word of adivce, if you import you have to change from Metric->US, and I suggest you get a Transformer (you don't want to fry the computer)

The Happy Toliet Dude

whoa (0, Troll)

sulli (195030) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263716)

a story where The Turd Report can be modded up to 5!

here in Osaka (5, Informative)

Grummet (161532) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263722)

where I have been living for the last 8 years,
I would have to say that I would be particularly upset without my electric toilet seat.
No, I am not kidding.

Here is why:
The typical house in Japan is designed for summer and as such as neither 1) central heating nor 2) insulation in the walls. Hence, as you can imagine, that toilet is literally hovering at a temperature just above freezing (0 for most of the world 32 for you in the USA) so sitting on one that is not electrically heated is shocking, to say the least.

Now, on to my review:

First off, aside from its warmth features, the electric toilet seat has two particularly nice options which I would recommend to anyone with a hairy ass.
- One: On most of these toilets there is a nozzle that will spray warm water (although you can control the temperature) where the sun don't shine (and pasty things occasionally get mixed with hairs). The location of the nozzle is controlled via a knob (along with all of the other controls) on the right side of the toilet seat.
Oh, so yes, most (read 99.9999%) of these seats are for the right handed. As far as I know you would have to order a lefty as they are not available in stock here.

--Two: There is a blow dryer that kicks in automatically after that nozzle is done spraying. You can usually control the length of time for the drying bit.

There are of course higher end models that have fragrances, soaps, feminine hygene related options (frontal nozzles and such) which all cost more.

A recent visit to Kojima ( a national electrics chain) resulted in a basic price range of $250 to $900 US (of course I exchanged that from yen ).

There are some problems I could see with selling these in America, not the lest of which is that you would need to get a power outlet installed next to your toilet. This is not something I recall ever having seen in my 22 years in the US so, if you ask me this is the core problem beyond any other related to marketing.

This is rather like the problem that US makers of air conditioners had selling their products in Asia - which is quite funny actually.
Perhaps some of you are aware of this, but I will bring it up just as a final aside and a testament to the inability of companies to make internationally feasible products:
In Japan, at least, air conditioners are bolted to the wall, high, up close to the ceiling. As such no one can operate them without a remote control. As you can imagine the US based makers did not research the use of the product ("of course, they use the same machines the same way we do") so all of the controls were on the AC itself.
It still cracks me up to think about it: forcing people to climb on chairs to adjust the temperature - that might just bite in to your market share a bit don't you think? Duh.

Forgetting to resolve problems of fundamental things like usage in the actual users environment will never get you anything other than a thinner wallet.

If I were a worker at Toto I would re-evaluate the usage of the toilet seat in my target market first.

But, oh well, I am not a marketer.

back to work--

Jeff (by the way, Grummet used to mean, where I grew up, 5 pounds of shit in a 1 pound bag. odd that it applies here some how)

P.S. You may be wondering about those air conditioners, which happen to be off the topic a little, but here is one last anecdote, they are also used as heaters in winter but only do a wonderful job of heating the upper half (up to just below the ceiling ) part of the room so it is usually freezing in the part of the room where everyone spends most of their time: the floor.
Pretty smart, huh?

Reminds me of an old joke... (2, Funny)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263729)

You've probably heard this, but it fits with the high tech toilets post:

A man was at a theater and before the show, he desperately had to go to the washroom. He went to the men's room but it was out of order. He really urgently needed to use it and some women employees nearby noticed his predicament and told him to use the ladies' room, but he must NOT not touch any buttons on the wall.

He really has to go so he enters the washroom and does his business. There are four buttons on the wall labelled "WW" , "HA" , "PP" and "ATR" .

Of course he gets curious and, really, would anyone know if he touched one? So he presses WW and a spray of warm water washed his buttocks. "WOW!" he thought. This was great! Obviously WW stood for 'warm water.' He quickly pressed "HA" and hot air was fanned from the plumbing to dry him off.

Clearly this ladies' washroom, unlike the dull men's room, was a place of luxury! He pressed "PP" and a powder puff was applied to his underside, making him feel very nice indeed.

Finally, expecting the greatest pleasure from the last button ... he pressed ATR.

The next thing the guy saw was a nurse looking up at him with a smirking kind of expression. He was in a hospital bed. He said, "What happenned? The last thing I remember was the ladies' washroom..." The nurse replied, "You pressed one too many buttons. ATR stands for 'automatic tampon removal'. Your penis is under your pillow."

lasers doing uninalisys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263738)

No thanks, I will just go behind that bush and risk the public unrination fine. Its better than feeding the powers that be a great source of information about myself.

Re:lasers doing uninalisys (1)

easter1916 (452058) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263756)


Any toilet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263742)

in which I can pee standing []

When I lived in Tokyo... (1)

Offtopic (103557) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263745)

I had a Toto toilet installed in my apartment for about $1500. It was great; the seat was always heated, it had hot and cold water jets -- with adjustable temperature and aim, and it even had a sort of hair dryer thingy -- except blowing from down below. Best of all, it had a remote control!

Re:When I lived in Tokyo... (2)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263821)

Why would you need a remote? It's not like you've got to get up and walk across the room to trigger the spraying of your ass-- you're already sitting right there on the thing!

The only use I can see for a remote control would be if it was RF so it worked through walls and closed doors. You could sure have some fun with unsuspecting friends then. :-)


Screwy Loos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263746)

Someone has to mention the ever-popular Screwy Loos []

Go for broke. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263753)

I highly recommend the model massages your prostate. Nothing like a good milking to start your day.

Seat Warmer (2, Interesting)

Cire (96846) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263754)

The seat warmer part is really weird. When I was in Japan I used one and it always felt as if some really huge guy had been sitting on it for two hours just before I got there.


Water Pik for yer ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263764)

neato! []

Japanese Low and High Tech Toilets Reviewed (2, Funny)

Fusty (100284) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263767)

Japan has both very high-end, high-tech toilets, and low-end squat-over-a-hole-in-the-floor toilets as well. I've had a chance to use both, and I posted some reviews, with pictures!

About the electric toilets, the basic feature that's quite common, even without the spray, etc, is a heated toilet seat. Which makes a lot of sense and makes for great comfort first thing on a winter morning. There are a lot of heated toilet seats without all the gadgetry here, and when I visit home and my buttocks shiver when I sit I appreciate these devices. Of course it's all superfluous, nothing totally necessary, just like toilet paper, right? You can always use one of your hands and then wash it afterwards. But as long as you're going to go for comfort, you might as well have heated toilet seats as well as toilet paper.

I actually own one of these (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263768)

I've been living in Japan for about 9 months now, and it seems that toilets like this are something of a status symbol here. The funkier the iPotty (as I like to call them) the more affluent your guests seem to think you are.

Mine was installed about 2 days after I moved in my the landlord. I came from work one day, and there it was. Damned scary .... I didn't have any say in the matter. He just seemed to think it was in keeping with the class of the apartment.

The bit that they don't tell you about is how frightening it is using it for the first time when you can't read any of the labels on the buttons because you don't read Japanese ....


"And for people on the go" (2)

mystyc (561347) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263778)

I love that portable toto device, "made especially for people on the go"! Wow, I bet it took 50 takes before they could say that with a straight face. ROFL

Who needs it? (0)

Dr_Auknix (540351) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263785)

The less Japanese culture we have here the better. The last thing I want while taking a dump is being raped by some tentacle.

Isn't this a bit early.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263792)

by about 1 hour, 15 minutes, for april 1st ?

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these... (1)

bckspc (172870) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263794)

Surely there must be a way to integrate nanotechnology, too.

The mind boggles...

Got anti-terrorism? []

Urinal-ysis? (4, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263796)

So now drug users are going to start peeing in sinks, garbage cans, open drains, dark corners...

Just fucking great. Thanks, scientists! Now we can't even have some fucking privacy when we take a leak>:\

And by "we" I mean EVERYONE, not just drug users. How soon til the toilet detects you've got diabetes and tattles on you to the insurance companies?

Japan is turning into... (3, Funny)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263805) big adventure game. You know, like Myst or Monkey Island. It's getting to the point that you can't even go to the toilet without figuring out some kind of logic puzzle.

I guess it could be worse, it could be turning into a big platform game. Watch out for those spinning blades!

Coriolis effect (1)

yawnmoth (534382) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263813)

on the Simpsons, there was a toilet that would make the water drain in the opposite direction (the Coriolis effect)... i want to see a toilet incorporate this as a feature! :)

Happiness is..... (1)

dFaust (546790) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263823)

a bidet. I've been saying this for years, and anyone at my past few jobs will attest to seeing this on a whiteboard at some point in time.

Heated seats and such are just added bonuses! of course one thing they should consider is including a vast collection of eBooks along with a reader...

Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263827)

A beowulf cluster of these?

No, really, toilets have a huge amount of idle time.

The future (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263832)

Look at this nice one [] , it really deserves attention.

Perhaps the Price? (1)

Nessak (9218) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263833)

Toto, one of the leading manufacturers, sells its super-toilets for $2,000 to $4,000.

I don't know about you, but I think $2k-4k is just a tad bit over priced. Perhaps isn't not Kohler thats keeping them out but the fact I can have a *very* nice computer for that price. And I happy to say I spend more time at the computer then I do on the toliet.

"and believe me therein upon mine honour..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263844)

I don't recall if this was a Toto product, but after using a heated model in Kyoto this past winter, I feel I understand the excerpt from "Gargantua," cited in the infamous Straight Dope column regarding the origin of toilet paper:

I did attempt to try out the "additional functions" but they had either been disconnected in consideration of the non-Japanese reading occupants, or used some kind of fail-safe mechanism to prevent them from being accidentally triggered.

Toto toilets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3263847)

Toto has been selling conventional-flushing toilets in the US for many years--you have probably used one.
My neighbor is working for a scientific instrument
company--they make medical equipment, valves, all
kinds of stuff--AND toilet flushers for commercial
applications. As part of his backround research, he checked out brands of toilets. He says Toto
has the best flush for the least amount of water,
with the least residue leftover, the hardest to
plug up, etc... (this is their conventional product.)
One thing he is working on is remote controlled
flushing. This sounds silly, until you think of all the standing water in multiple bowls in a large commercial building; it is a possible source for Legionaire's disease microbes to breed.
So they want to be able to remotely cycle any toilet that may not have been used lately--say
every 24hrs at a minimum. Bet you never thought
of that....

I can't wait until morning (1)

automag_6 (540022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263866)

To scan this article for the wisecracks. This article needs to be modded as something descriptive of "just searching for some wisecracks".

Open source toilet... (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 12 years ago | (#3263908)

...a shovel.
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