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iPotty: Toilet training ... now with added iPad

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January 13, 2013

The iPotty has been designed to help children learn to use the potty by keeping them enter...

The iPotty has been designed to help children learn to use the potty by keeping them entertained when nature calls

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It's an unspoken truth of gadgets that some people use their smartphone or even tablet computer while in the bathroom. Now even toddlers who are yet to master the toilet can get in on the action with iPotty – a child's toilet training potty with a built-in iPad stand.

One of the more bizarre products on show at CES, the base of the iPotty looks like a traditional potty with a removable bowl, seat and a pee-guard for the boys. But at the front it all gets a little weird, because there's a stand designed specifically to hold an iPad.

The iPotty has been designed to help children learn to use the potty by keeping them entertained when nature calls. The idea is that they won't mind sitting there for longer if they're watching a favorite cartoon or playing Angry Birds. And we've seen enough iPad toy add-ons – from the Mattel Apptivity Play to the iTikes range – to know kids love playing with an iPad.

The stand can be rotated between vertical and horizontal views and adjusted to three positions. The iPotty is said to be suitable for children from six months to three years. In case you're worried about the safety of your precious one (the iPad, obviously), there's a removable screen guard cover to protect it from almost anything your little one can "throw" at it.

A removable screen guard cover on the iPotty protects your iPad

Currently, there are no specific apps for the iPotty (and there we were hoping for a potty training equivalent of Sega's Toylet or Captive Media's urinal-based video games). There are plenty of potty training apps in the Apple App store though, and obviously there's no shortage of other apps which could be used to distract/entertain children while they sit on the potty.

Maker CTA Digital says there's also a seat cover which means the iPotty can be used as a traditional seat when your little one is not peeing or pooping. The iPad stand can also be removed completely … which could come in handy if you've got guests coming round and you don't want them to know you're the sort of parents who would buy an iPad potty.

Compatible with the iPad 2 and the 3rd or 4th generation iPad, the iPotty is due to go on sale in March for a price of US$40.

Source: CTA Digital, via BBC

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Simon Crisp Simon is a journalist and photographer who has spent the last ten years working for national UK newspapers - but has never hacked a mobile phone - and specializes in writing about weird products and photography technology. When not writing for Gizmag, Simon is often found playing with LEGO and drinking far too much coffee.   All articles by Simon Crisp
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5 Comments

This is better suited for the Microsoft Slate.

SuperDave
13th January, 2013 @ 06:51 am PST

Mum: Have you finished?

Kid: It's hanging.

thk
13th January, 2013 @ 03:30 pm PST

Thank you for reviewing this product...

as a mother of a child with high functioning autism, who is not potty trained at 4.5 yrs old...

this is the item of the season... can't wait to try it, telling her school about it...

as another mom wrote in a page that was criticizing the creation: Our children HATE absolutely loathe sitting on hard surfaces because they literally send what seems to be piercing pains through their nervous systems. The only way I, and other SPD and Autism parents can get their child to actually SIT on a potty long enough to take care of business is usually with a computer playing a movie, a phone - etc. In addition to other motor skills issues often times their inner body doesn't work well either. Typically intestines can be slowed which can result in it taking 30-45 minutes easily for what would take a normal child 5 minutes or less. Though the potty at first glance seems ridiculous - it is actually ingenious for parents like us.

Yadira C
14th January, 2013 @ 03:38 pm PST

hey. all i want is an ipad in the shower so my sheet music dont get wet.

pointyup
17th January, 2013 @ 03:44 pm PST

Hi Yadira,

Please read about the possible connection of "electromagnetic radiation" (as emitted from iPad and other wireless devices) and Autism, written by Martha Herbert, PhD, MD - Harvard Medical School, Assistant

Professor of Neurology Massachusetts General Hospital, Pediatric Neurology. http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sec20_2012_Findings_in_Autism_Consistent_with_EMF_and_RFR.pdf

Also, here are two recent studies showing deterioration in brain function in children and rats after exposure to electromagnetic radiation (at cell phone and below-cellphone intensities).

PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF

CHILDREN CELL PHONE USERS. RESULTS OF 4-YEAR MONITORING

http://helbredssikker-telekommunikation.dk/sites/default/files/PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL%20CHARACTERISTICS%20OF%20CHILDREN%20CELL%20PHONE%20USERS.pdf

Effects of electromagnetic radiation on spatial

memory and synapses in rat hippocampal CA1*☆

http://www.nrronline.org/nrren/ch/nrr-2012-pdf/16k/1248-1255.pdf

Best regards,

Gwen

Gwen Kyes
22nd January, 2013 @ 09:06 am PST
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