Whenever I’m on one of my frequent trips to Asia, I inevitably encounter a toilet equipped with more electronics and features that some cars I’ve owned.
Anyone who has ever been to the ANA lounge at Narita airport in Tokyo knows exactly what I mean. The toilets are so complicated (powerful?) that pictographic instructions are required to accomplish even the most basic functions.
Last month’s stay in a hotel in Hoi An, Vietnam, included wrestling with a Chinese-made commode that could apparently do many, many things (all the instructions were in Mandarin so I was unable to operate it to its full potential) including some handy(?) and programmable display lighting.
This brings me to the latest iteration of the Numi, a $6,000-ish USD super-toilet from Kohler that can be controlled with voice commands (no more flushing by hand!), and comes with a remote that opens and closes the lid. Oh, and it comes with a Bluetooth speaker for playing music. Of course.
Numi is Alexa-, Siri- and Google Assistant-compatible, too, so you can yell at it to raise or lower the seat, have it warm the seat to your preferred temperature, set the built-in bidet’s functions, change the colour of the nightlight and, of course, play whatever music you need to get the job done.
You can test its potential right now. If you have an iPhone, try the command “Hey, Siri: Play a pooping playlist” and see what comes up. If Siri doesn’t return any results, just wait. It’s only a matter of time before Apple music is populated with such entertainment.
And there’s more. Numi connects to new Kohler Konnect system, which allows you it to talk to all sorts of other plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Do we really want our toilet talking to our fridge? Just askin’.
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