Technologies advancing by the day. Usually think about smartphones and laptops and the last thing we think about is bathroom area. Kohler’s Numi Toilet has made significant progress in that field.
Kohler calls the Numi a toilet, but it looks more like a piece of high-end kitchen equipment. For $6,400, I expect to do everything for me, as far as possible considering the purpose. There are actually many options in it. The toilet’s functions are controlled with a full-color touch-screen device that magnetically docks with a wall-mounted panel. The Numi’s touch-tablet remote, equipped with its own rechargeable battery, operates a surprising number of details via icons and simple slider controls: seat temperature; a foot warmer that blasts warm air; the position, water pressure, and temperature of the extending bidet; and a drier with adjustable intensity and temperature. It’s a veritable toilet operating system, all operated from a handheld remote.
The high-tech toilet has built-in stereo speakers, an FM radio, and a 3.5mm audio-in jack and cradle for iPhones, iPods, or other music players. Not to believe, the Numi even has its own theme song that can play upon entering the bathroom. In case you’re curious, the Numi’s song starts with the sound of rushing waves, then gives way to gentle piano music. The speakers, situated in the back, reflect off the rear wall of the bathroom to amplify sound. A rear set of connections opens up for attaching an external antenna or composite audio.
How it started, don’t be surprised if new bathrooms look like in the movie Demolishion man! Do you remember the scene where Sylvester Stallone asks where the toilet paper? I hope that Numi toilet still has it. [Kohler]