'Toylets' games make a splash in Japan urinals

January 18, 2011

Japanese toilets are famed for functions such as posterior shower jets and perfume bursts, but entertainment company Sega has gone a step further by installing urine-controlled games in Tokyo urinals.

Four types of "Toylets" games are available to be played during a test period ending this month at four male bathrooms in pubs and arcades, in a project aimed at drawing attention to digital adverts.

Each urinal is fitted with a pressure sensor, and a small digital display is placed at eye level. Digital adverts are shown after the games.

Games include "Graffiti Eraser" in which a user tries to aim at the in the urinal to erase virtual graffiti on the display.

Or there's "Mannekin Pis" -- named after a Brussels fountain depicting a urinating boy -- which measures the volume of the user's stream.

Another is called "The North Wind and The Sun and Me", in which the strength of a urine stream determines the extent to which a virtual girl's skirt gets blown up by a digital wind.

"Splashing Battle!" pits the user against the previous urinal user in terms of stream strength.

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First-time foreign visitors to are often baffled by the complexity of Japanese high-tech toilets, which feature computerised control panels, usually with Japanese language instructions as well as pictograms.

The "Toylets" will only be available at limited locations until January 31, "with no concrete plans to make them into actual products," said a Sega spokesman.

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More information: toylets.sega.jp/index.shtml

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3 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2011
5 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2011
"First-time foreign visitors to Japan are often baffled by the complexity of Japanese high-tech toilets"

While being true, I hate this fact.

Why is it that in the 'western' world my TV, computer or phone might improve and get new features yet my sink, bathtub, or toilet stay the same... a hole in the ground with a tube connected to it. Why does my mirror not talk to me, or a door open automatically for me?

Where is the house of the future from the past today?

For a fraction of the cost, especially in upper mid class homes, you can literally introduce electronics in every object in your home, which will make your life easier, more efficient and just more fun saying "Fridge open" or "Increase light by 30%" or "Turn on shower to 30c"
3 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2011
Unfortunately, the home equipment manufacturers don't perceive a demand for those things. I think this is slowly changing, though. At first they will do these things to save power in major appliances (dishwashers, washing machine, etc), but as people realize how convenient it is, they will start demanding it in all parts of their home.
0.8 / 5 (51) Jan 18, 2011
Free market.
2 / 5 (4) Jan 18, 2011
Blatant sexism. Note how these are for "male" toilets only. And it's just sexism too that prevents females from writing their names legibly in the snow.

4 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2011
I'm afraid to click the video...LOL
5 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2011
I'm afraid to click the video...LOL

You should do a google search for one then, could be even more interesting lol. I can see someone busting through the bathroom and yell "YOU NO PISS HARDER DAN ME HAHAHA"
5 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2011
Talk about being pissed off.
3.5 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2011
Toilet humor now!
Is it Wii compliant?
not rated yet Jan 19, 2011
and just more fun saying "Fridge open" or "Increase light by 30%" or "Turn on shower to 30c"

I tried that with an old PC, some voice recognition software (for controlling music player and TV by voice). Problem was: I had linked the word 'stop' to stopping the music. Turns out that a lot of songs have the word 'stop' in them. (...stop...Hammertime)

It's hard to find words that aren't used in music/videos/on TV and which are still so distinct that the software doesn't confuse them with some common words. (Do you want your taste in music to inadvertently control your fridge?)

Having found such words (like "vroomfoodl") you feel entirely silly talking to your computer with what amounts to basically a made-up language.

not rated yet Jan 19, 2011
Perhaps the games can be networked!
not rated yet Jan 21, 2011
Shouldn't there be some judgement? some critical approach? Should we do everything that can be done?

There are more urgent problems in this tragedocomical world, than spending resources for nonsenses.

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