“Your Mission: Extinguish a fire!”, says the sticker above the urinal. It is the latest in an arsenal of stealth weapons gaining popularity in Japan amongst toilet cleaner circles. These Toilet Target Marker Stickers, play on a known male psychology by changing colour with the heat, as they are doused in urine. They are showing up in urinals around the country as their makers claim they keep toilets 76% cleaner.
Playing on that same psychology, Mastushita have really outdone themselves with their latest range of high-tech toilets. The GWN series unveiled a couple of weeks ago feature a LED light target projected from under the lip of the bowl to the middle of the target zone. This newest series, though not made of the same poo-repelling space age acrylic the that last iPod enabled models (CH1001M) were made of, do have toilet seats which heat to the optimum cheek bearing temperature of 29℃ in an impressive 6 seconds.
Japan is no stranger to preheated toilet seats, but in the age of global warming the company’s designers have lifted the bar in an effort to save energy and in so doing have created a seat which does not need to be heated 24 hours a day. Matsushita scientists deemed the ’29℃ in 6 seconds target’ optimal considering the time they had from when the toilet door opened and the on-board body heat sensor detected a potential user.
Naturally, with the recommended retail price of 135,450 Yen, the GWN’s will also come with the various other bog standard features we all expect of the modern Japanese toilet; automatic lids and seats, a self-cleaning stainless steal bidet/feminine wash nozzle, and wireless control panel preprogrammed with all your cleaning needs. Time to start thinking about Christmas gifts?