Sunday, August 29, 2004

Talking toilets have been installed in Amsterdam. If they detect "material" on them with their lid still down, they will remind the user to lift the lid first.

"You might consider sitting down next time," the toilet told a male Reuters reporter politely in a female robot voice. The next user was told that "The last visitor did not take heed of basic rules of hygiene."

Depending on circumstances, the toilet might remind you to wash your hands or ask you to lift the seat.

"It could suddenly start coughing and warn you about the dangers of cigarettes, or name all the cool movie stars who smoke. It just depends what mood it’s in," van Munster said referring to people who sneak off to secretly have a puff.

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