February 16, 2018
Water and Sanitation
Washing my bum makes me feel cleaner than wiping it. But it is not an option in many places in the US or the Western nations in general. Japan is an exception. As you might know, they have really fancy toilets. Now a days, you can upgrade your existing toilets by buying something like Toto’s WASHLET® C100. Priced at 600 USD, this Washlet is more expensive than what it might cost to build an entire toilet in low income countries. But we are not here for such comparisons. We are here to understand how we can integrate such devices with Alexa for a much more hands free interactive experience.
WASHLET® C100 – Elongated, Source: Toto USA
Features of a Washlet(from TotoUSA website)
- Gentle Aerated, Warm Water, Dual Action Spray with oscillating feature
- Adjustable water temperature and volume
- Warm air drying with five variable temperature settings
- Automatic air deodorizer
- Convenient arm control panel
- Docking Station Easy to Install and Clean
- Heated Seat with Temperature Control
- Water Premist™ of bowl before each use
Now let us think of a situation where all these features could be controlled through Alexa instead of using that convenient arm control panel!
Sharada: Alexa, I need to take a dump!
Alexa: Give me a couple of minutes and I will prepare the toilet for you.
(after a couple of minutes)
A: Sharada, Toilet bowl has been premisted for you and its seat has been heated to your preferred temperature. Toilet is ready for your dump to slide.
S: Great! Here I come!
(I sit on the toilet and get done with my business.)
S: Alexa, I am done. Wash my ass now!
A: Sure. Here is gentle aerated warm water coming right at your asshole!
S: Yes! That feels good. Wait, make it a bit colder, Alexa.
S: Aah, that’s nice. Aim the jet slightly to the left with more water volume, Alexa.
A: To the left it is. More water coming up!
S: Perfect. Can you increase the pressure a bit?
A: Of course! How do you like it now?
S: Lovely. I would like the spray to be dual action
A: I understand
S: Oscillate it a bit more please… more yeah! … Please don’t stop!
A: I can do this as long as you want me to do it. I am glad you like it!
S: That was incredible… (I catch my breathe) Alexa, dry my ass. Be gentle!
A: Drying your butt with warm air.
S: Lovely! You know me really well, don’t you?
A: You bet!
S: Ok, stop. I am done. Thank you!
A: You are welcome. I look forward to washing your ass next time when you feel like using the toilet again!
BTW, here is a link to a DIY alexa toilet interface