Toilet Technology
(19 Nov 2012)

toilet technology

Toilet Technology:

Poop, Doo doo, No. 2, kaka. A ton of it is found and there are many ways to describe it. In light of World Toilet day on tthe 19th November the Buzz is reinventing the toilet:

The worlds most high-tech toilet 

  • An American company has created the ultimate gadget-freak toilet, which it calls the 'Pimped Out John'.
  • It comes with a 20-inch Philips LCD TV, an Xbox 360 console, a DVD player, a Gateway EMachine laptop with robot arm (don't even ask how that's used…), an iPod docking station with its own toilet-paper dispenser, a TiVo DVR, an Avanti refridgerator with beer tap, an exercise bike, and an electric cup warmer.
  • The bathroom is the perfect place for your very own throne. It shouldn't always be regarded as the room of last resort, but these developers hope that with the 'Pimped out John will help citizens to rethink the toilet.
  • This is bizarre, but it's given me a few ideas for when I next remodel the bathroom...

Bill Gates Waterless Loo:

  • Toilets are being taken to a new technological level, but it’s not all in the name of fun. The man who re invented the computer has decided to reinvent the loo. Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is competing  to develop the most effective waterless toilet.
  • “Toilets are extremely important for public health, and when you think of it, even human dignity," Gates said. Approximately 2.5 billion people across the world do not have access to safe sanitation, he said.
  • "The flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 per cent of the global population, because they often don't have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems."


Enviro Loo:

  • A waterless loo program happening on a local level is the Enviro Loo initiative.
  • Winning the 100 Top Technology South African Award The Enviro Loo is a dry sanitation solution that is relevant for urban and rural communities, for developed and developing countries. 
  • The Enviro Loo is a permanent installation that uses no chemicals and has zero environmental impact
  • It has a sealed unit that captures and treats waste through the natural processes of dehydration and evaporation with no contact or contamination of the waste to either the immediate or surrounding environment
  • The Enviro Loo requires no electricity or power source to function, it utilises wind and sun
  • The Enviro Loo system requires minimum maintenance and servicing, with minimal associated cleaning costs which are also necessary for more conventional and traditional systems
  • To date more than 70,000 Enviro Loo units have been installed all over the world. 



Another technological invention in the toilet world is Toiletricty. 

  • Scientists from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a toilet system that can convert solid human waste into to fertilizer and electricity. 
  • Excess electricity needed for the water treatment could be obtained from the very thing that dirties the water! 
  • The solar-powered toilet collects waste material; this waste eventually generates hydrogen gas that could be harnessed into gas used for heating and cooking.

This could hold huge benefit in farming communities with cattle, as a herd of cattle dung can produce enough methane to run a household for three weeks.

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