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Computerised loo generates electricity when flushed


October 12, 2004

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As the humble computer continues its march into every nook and cranny, it offers unprecedented capability to many household objects which one might have thought entirely adequate. Take for example the toilet just released by Japanese manufacturer www.toto.co.jp. The computerised, eco friendly toilet basin is designed to fully automate the bathroom experience... so all you have to do is sit and be serviced!

Its sensor system raises the lid as the user approaches and a hand operated panel to the side of the basin enables bidet-like automatic waterjet washing for sanitary cleaning - no hands needed. When you're finished, simply stand up and the computerized basin flushes automatically!

Now this level of functionality is impressive, but by no means unique - what's so clever about the Toto system is that it GENERATES electricity from the movement of water being flushed from the cistern into the bowl - this toilet runs on eco-friendly hydroelectric power. It stores the electricity in a dry cell battery that lasts ten years without replacement.

As well as facilitating a safe and efficient bathroom experience, the TOTO computerized toilet minimizes water use to when it's really needed, by running a voltage over the contents of the bowl prior to flushing, analyzing the minimum amount of water required to achieve the result, and hence it uses an absolute minimum of water. When used in public toilets it also ensures maximum sanitary conditions through its non contact design.

Thanks to TOTO, the smallest room in the house has just become the most efficient!

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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