The $8,000 Intelligent Toilet Is As Completely Ridiculous As It Sounds

“Alexa, make my toilet seat warmer.” So far, most of us have been more familiar with “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” or “Alexa, show me pictures of cats”, but now we may have to grow accustomed to Amazon’s voice assistant being, well, privy to far more intimate aspects of our lives. At CES this year in Las Vegas, American plumbing company Kohler unveiled a product that has already made a few headlines: the Kohler Numi 2.0 intelligent toilet. And whether one loves the concept of an Internet of Things khazi or hate it, it is undeniable that Kohler has understood that coming up with the eccentric gadget at the world’s largest technology trade show is sure to catch the public’s attention. Just ask the makers of the HAPIFork, who dominated news cycles from the show in 2013 with a vibrating fork designed to stop you eating too quickly – much to the annoyance of Samsung, Sony, LG et al.Kohler presented its latest technology in a dramatic video claiming that “it’s your bathroom – shouldn’t it be as individual as you?” – and individual it certainly is. To accommodate your every restroom preference, Kohler’s toilet can perform such vital tasks such as automatic deodorisation, hands-free opening and closing of the lid, as well as adjusting water temperature, pressure and spray.Read nextBut it’s not all about poop practicality – Numi 2.0 also promises to produce the perfect ambiance for your those intimate moments. It oversees the ambient surround lighting system to adapt to whatever “mood” you select via the Konnect app of through voice control. The promo video has a sharp-suited gentleman walking into his bathroom and commanding his convenience to “start chill time”. The lights on the toilet turn to a cool blue, but presumably the Numi 2.0’s seat isn’t chilled at the same time. Then again, each to their own. Then, thankfully, he gets in the bath rather than taking a place on the throne.The whole system that has been upgraded since last year’s version, which then offered only eight static colours. Numi 2.0 this year, however, has become a setup of dynamic and multi-coloured surround lighting and sound. It plays music on the built-in surround sound Bluetooth speakers, that naturally let you pick your own playlist, ideal as you could select your current favourite single for a quick tinkle or perhaps go old-school and choose a full album if you’re settling down for a copious evacuation.Such a situation would be the ideal time to bring into play not only the seat but also the foot warmer, which some middle-of-the-night bathroom goers may call a necessity. And indeed, Kohler guarantees that along with the toilet’s automatic flush, this will make night-time trips to the bathroom “hassle-free”, assuming all is well with your bowel. And as ...Read more

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