Japan firms showcase personal toilet-bidet devices (Update)

Sep 26, 2012
An employee of Japan's electronics maker Muscle displays an automatic toileting machine "Robohelper Love" for bedridden elderly and patients at the annual Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo. A U-shaped small cup, designed to cover the person's excretory organ is like a small washlet, devised with a censor for bodily waste, which sprays clean water for washing and airs to dry inside.

Japanese firms on Wednesday showcased incontinence devices that combine a diaper with a personal bidet, removing waste before cleaning and then drying the wearer as they sleep.

A number of companies taking part in this year's International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo had their automatic toilet-cum-washlets on display, aimed at Japan's burgeoning senior care market.

demonstrated how a U-shaped cup fits between the wearer's legs and contains a sensor that activates a suction mechanism when triggered.

Waste is moved rapidly away from the body before a bidet spray-cleans and then blow-dries the area.

The cup is connected to a duct which moves the waste into a tank.

"This machine is intended to ease the burden for , especially at night, and it also helps those in bed stay clean," said Daizo Igawa, manager of Muscle Corp, as he demonstrated the firm's "Robohelper" automatic toilet.

The demand for incontinence products in Japan is rising as the population ages, and a change in schemes now allows this kind of device to be rented.

Tokyo-based Mammary, which also markets to aid breast self-examinations, sells its "Smilet" at 580,000 yen ($7,470), a price the company recognised was beyond the reach of many families.

"Now you can rent one under the insurance programme at 3,000 to 4,000 yen a month," salesman Yamato Ishitate said.

Explore further: Continental works on infrared for car multi-touch

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Japanese chipmaker Elpida files for bankruptcy

Feb 27, 2012

(AP) -- Computer chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. filed for Japan's largest manufacturing bankruptcy Monday after amassing debts from nose-diving prices, competition from Samsung and flooding in Thailand last ...

Nokia abandons Japan market

Jul 06, 2011

Nokia Corp., battered by the popularity of smartphones, is abandoning the Japanese market, after a brief foray with luxury cell phones costing as much as 20 million yen ($250,000).

Sony to release tablet computer this month

Sep 01, 2011

Sony's first tablet computer will hit the Japanese market on September 17 as the company looks to take on Apple's popular iPad, the electronics giant said Thursday.

Recommended for you

Continental works on infrared for car multi-touch

Dec 23, 2014

Using infrared technology, gesture-control features might find their way into the "affordable" market segment. Automotive supplier Continental, with an eye on the future, is working on intelligent infrared ...

How will Google, Apple shake up car insurance industry?

Dec 22, 2014

Car insurance industry, meet potential disrupters Google and Apple. Currently, nearly all mainstream insurers that offer driver-monitoring programs use relatively expensive devices that plug into a portal under the dashboard. ...

Cyclist's helmet, Volvo car to communicate for safety

Dec 21, 2014

Volvo calls it "a life-saving wearable cycling tech concept." The car maker is referring to a connected car and helmet prototype that enables two-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclists for proximity ...

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

Dec 21, 2014

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.