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Proving That electronics will gradually improve every aspect of our lives

Proving That electronics will gradually improve every aspect of our lives, last month, Appliance Magazine cited the toilet --perhaps the last frontier for high technology--as one of the fastest growing and most rewarding new digital product places. As we are getting used to public restrooms with detectors automating the dispensation of soap, paper towels, as well as plastic toilet-seat liners, it is inevitable that"smart bath" technology will probably be creating a splash at home too.

I Encountered my first heated toilet seat some 20 years ago when I first visited Japan. So I suppose I should have anticipated that nation's TOTO Ltd. are the drive behind a $5000"aware" toilet--a toiletwith more smarts and sensors than you can shake a toilet brush (although you won't need one if you invest in this specific model).

The "Neorest," rolled out in the U.S. this past month by TOTO USA, is charged as a"sensually functional, integrated, high-tech flushing toilet/Washlet cleansing system" It integrates more detectors and offers much more features than any digital designer dared to dream of during his or her most personal moments:

* Its $5000 price tag is easily justified by any household wanting to solve the age-old seat-up or seat-down battle between the genders. The Neorest's lid automatically opens when a person tactics. If the user continues to stand in front of it, as would a man, the toilet seat rises as well. When the person leaves, the toilet automatically flushes and the lid recloses.

* The"Power Catalytic Deodorizer" function may be a marriage-saver as well, deodorizing when the user rises in the seat (and whether the consumer believes deodorizing is needed or not!) .

* Sensors are put to dirtier work in divining if the user has deposited solid or liquid waste. A dual-flush water conservation mode sends liquid down the drain with a"mild" 1.2 GPF (gallon per flush) stream, whereas solid waste is powered by a whole 1.6 GPF"complete flush" mode. In either flush mode, a"Cyclone" flush engine powers three phases of flushing(which seem like rocket liftoff than toilet flushing to me): the first"rim-scouring cyclonic motion,""siphonic jet action," and a closing"rim scouring" stage.

* With the flip of a switch, an individual can place Neorest to a cleaning mode that keeps the Cyclone rim-scouring movement engaged for one minute and then automatically drains the bowl. TOTO asserts that this force, combined with its SanaGloss glazing procedure, is all that is needed to maintain the bowl spotless.

* Besides, you may kiss your bidet goodbye. Neorest is outfitted with"Washlet" technology, a warm-water cleansing unit that includes oscillating spray massage, front- and - back-aerated warm water spray, and also a warm-air dryer. Of course, there is also a heated chair.

While Bathroom electronics is a nascent market in the U.S., a report by research firm Asia Pulse on the market suggests that Asian demand is growing at an annual rate of 25%. More firms worldwide are developing such products because the typical profit range to manufacturers is between 10% and 30%, twice that for other household electronics, according to the Asia Pulse report.

Of Course, luxury bathroom electronics do not stop at the commode--or in Asia. California's Jacuzzi, the originator of this jetted bath, is promoting a $30,000 product named La Scala that integrates a home theater and whirlpool bath in one unit. The two-person jetted tub contains a DVD player, 43-in. HDTV, CD/AM/FM stereo and surroundsound, and needless to say, a floating remote control.

Europeans Aren't standing still when it comes to bathroom innovation. Philips HomeLab Opened last year at the Netherlands to examine how folks interact with Prototypes of smart technology in all rooms of the home, such as the bathroom. The HomeLab includes a bathroom mirror which integrates data and video Displays, providing news, traffic, weather, and voice-controlled TV tuning. HomeLab study participants,'' says Philips, appreciated the capability to watch the News and traffic while also shaving or brushing their teeth. (Just expect it Has a defogger as well!) In fact, Philips introduced the Mirror TV in June since the first commercial product to emerge out of the HomeLab project. The Mirror TV integrates a 17-, 23-, or 30-in. LCD, with a polarized mirror Technology to move near 100 percent of their light through the reflective surface.

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