Let’s Just Call it a Smart Toilet Seat
March 24, 2015
If there’s one constant, it’s that technology continues to evolve and it changes the way we live our daily lives. Remember back in the 80’s and early 90’s when the pager was a big deal? How cool was it to be able to be reached at any given moment, no matter where you were – wirelessly. Then in the late 90’s cell phones become all the rage. It was like a pager, but it was a phone! So instead of getting paged, now you were getting calls directly to a device small enough to carry around in your front pocket.
Then the 2000’s came and along with it, the Smart Phone. Not only could your phone receive/make calls, but it could tell you the weather forecast and give you stock quotes. It could give you driving directions if you got lost. You could check your e-mail on it.
And just like the evolution of the phone, the modern electronic bidet seat IS a Smart Toilet Seat. For decades, the toilet seat has had one simple function – to be sat on. But starting in the 1980’s a company called TOTO started the production of bidet seats in Japan. Called the Washlet G Series, it was a toilet seat with the added element of having a sprayer function for washing with water instead of toilet paper. The product was a hit in Japan, and started a world-wide trend of changing the way people used the bathroom. Granted, the bidet had been around for centuries before. But this was the first time bidet wash functions had been integrated into the toilet seat itself.
Just like with pagers and cell phones, the modern electronic bidet seat has come a long way since the 80’s. As you can see in the image above, today’s version is loaded with a set of high-tech features. Engineers have designed a multitude of functions to turn a regular toilet seat, into a Smart Toilet Seat:
- Forward spray wash
- Rear spray wash
- Spray position adjustment
- Water temperature adjustment
- Water pressure adjustment
- Oscillating cleanse
- Pulsating cleanse
And we haven’t even touched on the non-wash features:
- Wireless remote control
- Heated toilet seat
- Warm air dryer
- Built-in air deodorizer
- Automatic open/close seat and lid
- Night light
Clearly the toilet seat has evolved dramatically from something we just sit on. For sure – the primary benefit of bidet toilet seats is the ability to wash with water instead of using toilet paper. Using water to wash your body is something that’s natural to understand. But with all these features packed into modern bidet seats these days, your toilet seat can do more than you ever thought possible!