Smart gadgets seem to be everywhere nowadays, popping up in our cars and even in our refrigerators.
But there’s one place they’ve been absent from – until now, that is: Our toilets.
At the Consumer Electronics Show, the display floor was flush with ‘intelligent toilets’ that tout all kinds of high-tech capabilities.
The toilet that turned the most heads was Kohler’s $8,000 Numi 2.0 Intelligent toilet.
It features a sleek, modern design, complete with a heated toilet seat, ambient mood lighting, a speaker system and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.
That means that with just their voice, users can open and close the toilet lid, flush the toilet, ask Alexa to play their favorite playlist or change the toilet’s LED light colors.
‘It really is about creating that spa-like environment in your bathroom,’ Stephen Maliszewski, Kohler’s public relations director, told Dailymail.com.
‘It’s using technology to create that environment, so the technology doesn’t interfere with your vibe.’
Kohler debuted the Numi 2.0 at CES, noting that it marks a significant upgrade from previous Numi intelligent toilet models, which it has been making since 2011.
It also showed off an Alexa-equipped tub where users can ask the voice assistant to auto-fill it to the depth and temperature they want, even if they’re downstairs in the kitchen.
The Numi 2.0, which comes in matte black for $8,000 and white for $7,000, is slated to be released later this year.
Toto’s Neorest NX2 also holds its own in the intelligent toilet department.
For a cool $13,000, the device can lower and raise the toilet seat on its own and the seat is automatically heated when you sit down.
As with Kohler’s Numi 2.0, the NX2 is designed to be all about elegance.
‘Toto’s Neorest NX2 is its most beautiful intelligent toilet with its most advanced cleansing technology,’ the company said in a statement.
‘Inspired by the natural beauty of pebbles shaped by water over time, the Neorest NX2’s sophisticated elliptical silhouette will serve as an artistic focal point of any bath.’
It can also flush itself on its own or users can do it with a remote, while a warm water and air drying system can clean you up before you get up and go.
But the standout feature is definitely its advanced cleaning system – part of which includes what Toto calls the ‘tornado flush.’
Water is injected into the toilet via nozzles that make sure it spins around the bowl several times.
The result is improved cleaning from traditional toilets, right down the water droplets being more powerful.
With tornado flush, each droplet is able to scrub 18in of the bowl on its own, which is a major step up from the usual 4 to 5in.
And if that isn’t high-tech enough, there’s also a 220-nanometer ultraviolet light that breaks down ‘microscopic waste particles’ left behind in the bowl.