Get In Gear: Flush with tech


  • Get In Gear
  • Monday, 23 Mar 2020

With toilet paper being in short supply right now, check out these high-tech offerings for your every conceivable bathroom need. — Dreamstime/TNS

While toilet paper might be hard to get ahold of now, here are high tech solutions that could make your visit to the bathroom a little more interesting.

Prodigy Smart Toilet

The top-of-the-line toilet by BioBidet looks like something from a sci-fi movie, as it has a sleek design that omits the water tank, as it’s connected directly to a water source.

Users also don’t need to yank a chain or press a button to flush, as sensors will automatically do that for them. This also saves on embarrassment should a guest forget to flush.

The Prodigy Smart Toilet. — BioBidetThe Prodigy Smart Toilet. — BioBidet

Don’t worry if you can’t find toilet paper, as the toilet has a built in bidet and warm air drier.

On the hardware side, the Prodigy has an expanded comfort seat to ensure longer sessions on the throne aren’t a pain.

Those who find themselves needing to go often at night will be able to find the toilet even in the dark as it comes with a nightlight that provides “gentle illumination” from below the seat.

The toilet of the future comes with a big price tag – US$2,399 (RM10,400).

Phyn Smart Water Assistant

This water monitoring device by Belkin helps paint a better picture of a household’s water consumption beyond the monthly water bill.

It has to be connected to a single sink, ideally one that’s easy to access.

Phyn Smart Water Assistant. — BelkinPhyn Smart Water Assistant. — Belkin

Once in place, it measures microscopic changes in pressure, 240 times a second, which it uses to learn about the flow of water in the pipes.

This data allows it to monitor water consumption, diagnose plumbing issues and spot leaks so problems can be addressed immediately.

Users can view the data and get alerts via its web client, the Phyn Dashboard.

The Phyn Smart Water Assistant costs US$299 (RM1,300). Larger versions are expected to be available in the second half of 2020.

Mi Electric Toothbrush

Though better known for its smartphones, Xiaomi has made a device that’s meant for the bathroom – a toothbrush.

It uses high speed vibration to clean the user’s teeth at a speed of 31,000 movements a minute, which is claimed to achieve deeper cleaning than a regular toothbrush.

There are three modes – standard, gentle and customised – to better match sensitive gums.

Electric toothbrush. — XiaomiElectric toothbrush. — Xiaomi

Users can change its setting via the company’s app to adjust duration, strength and a variety of oral care features.

The app will also let users know if they are brushing correctly and covering all areas.

The toothbrush is fairly tough thanks to the IPX7 rating for water and dust resistance. It can also last 18 days on a single charge.

The toothbrush costs about RM150.

Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker

Love singing in the bathroom? Kohler has you covered with its Moxie Showerhead which has a removable wireless speaker, so users can sing along to their favourite tune as they bathe.

For those that take really long showers, it can also play podcasts.

Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker. — KohlerMoxie showerhead and wireless speaker. — Kohler

Able to last seven hours on a single charge, the speaker can be removed from the showerhead to be played on the go. It’s also designed to fit in a car’s cup holder.

The showerhead, which delivers a powerful spray with 60 angled nozzles, comes in five colours: Navy Blue, Chartreuse, Retro Blue, Cherry Red and Original White.

It’s available at Kohler stores.

Hue Adore Lighted Vanity Mirror

When taking a good hard look at yourself in the mirror, it helps to have the right lighting.

The vanity mirror from Phillips Hue has a dimmer switch that controls a light strip which wraps around the mirror with four preset settings from warm lighting to bright white light.

Hue Adore Lighted Vanity Mirror. — PhillipsHue Adore Lighted Vanity Mirror. — Phillips

Once connected to the Phillips Hue ecosystem via the Hue Bridge, it can be controlled with an app that allows users to create additional presets.

The mirror is also able to connect to various smart assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, allowing users to issue voice commands like the Evil Queen from Snow White.

The mirror costs US$249.99 (RM1,100).

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