Have you got $6,300 to spend on a toilet? You might be thinking to yourself “not while I've still got my sanity,” but this is not just any toilet. This new, customizable “smart toilet” introduced by fixture company Kohler (News - Alert) may just earn its price tag.
Called “Numi,” the new toilet allows you to adjust seat position, water temperature (there is a built-in bidet) and water pressure and ambient lighting. The Numi has a built-in music system with rear speakers, an FM radio and an audio input jack for an MP3 player.
It has an adjustable heated seat and foot warmer too, plus an integrated stainless steel, self-cleaning bidet wand with a dryer. A motion-controlled seat and lid can automatically open when you approach and close when you leave, reports USA Today.
Tripping a bar of light on the floor to the side of the toilet automatically raises the seat, while the toilet automatically flushes when the user walks away.
Depending on your preference, you also have a choice of flushing modes. You can choose the water efficient “eco” flush that uses just .6 gallons of water, or you can opt for a full flush that uses 1.28 gallons of water. Regardless of the flush mode you choose, flushing is extremely quiet.
The streamlined, modern and minimalist-looking toilet comes in either white or “biscuit” colors, and includes a removable handheld touch-screen remote control (yes, a remote control!) that lets you control various settings for up to six individual users and in a dozen different languages. (Numi has already been introduced in some Asian markets.) You can recharge the remote's lithium ion battery and store it in a wall-mounted dock. The toilet itself plugs into an electrical outlet.
David Kohler, president and COO of the Wisconsin-based Kohler company, points out that “the luxury market's coming back in this country and (is) very strong in other parts of the world. This product is targeted at those consumers who want the best -- they want the latest in design and technology (and) want a fashion statement in their home.”Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves