Kohler, a maker of kitchen and bath products, seems to believe that you should never have to touch their products if at all possible. They're coming to CES with a new voice and motion-control platform so that you can get Alexa in your bathroom mirror, operate your kitchen faucet with gestures, and talk to your toilet. Not kidding! Kohler Konnect (that's right, connect with a "K") will connect the company's hardware to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, enabling consumers to interact with Kohler's products through voice commands, gestures, and presets. Coming later this year, these new integrations will be managed through the Kohler Konnect app which will be available for both Android and iOS. The first product they plan to bring to market is the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, which is essentially a big, flat, reflective Echo. Through voice and gesture, the LED lights can be adjusted to suit various circumstances, such as makeup application, and thanks to "speakers housed … [Read more...] about Kohler wants you to talk to your toilet and mirror which is not at all weird
There’s been a lot of buzz about what artificial intelligence is capable of doing lately. From writing poetry, to predicting the winner of the Kentucky Derby, and even beating a world champion chess player – it seems that machines are poised to start doing some incredible things in the near future.Or maybe not. With all the hype and click-baity articles promising the future of this technology: the self-driving cars, the home robots, even reports on Skynet and the A.I. singularity… What progress do we have to show for it in 2017?And more importantly, why aren’t we focusing on the routine, mundane or easily automatable tasks that often take up so much of our time? Before we build autonomous vehicles, maybe it’d be helpful to have something that reminds us when we’re almost out of toilet paper – so we don’t wind up stranded on the can with nary a roll in sight. Where is the AI to take care of that?There are so many real-world applications we … [Read more...] about AI is great, but why do I still run out of toilet paper at home?
NASA engineers are working on a new spacesuit that includes a long-term waste-disposal system — effectively, a built-in toilet. Such a system hasn't been a part of NASA spacesuits since the Apollo era, and the new waste-disposal system will likely have a lot in common with those used in the 1970s. The new suits, called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS), will be worn by astronauts on NASA's next-generation human spacecraft, Orion, which will be able to carry humans well beyond low Earth orbit. While the vehicle isn't big enough to support a nine-month trip to Mars, Orion could carry humans around the moon and back. Like the space shuttle before it, Orion will be equipped with a toilet, but NASA is making contingency plans in case of emergencies, including the possibility that the Orion capsule depressurizes and the astronauts have to remain in their suits to survive. In fact, the agency wants astronauts to be able to survive in their suits for up to six days … [Read more...] about NASA’s New Spacesuit Has a Built-In Toilet
Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the start of a lavatorial revolution. Eleonore Rartjarasoaniony – a 47-year-old mother, daughter and small-shop owner in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo – stands in the middle of her yard, watching two young men in colourful overalls and rubber boots service her new waterless Loowatt toilet, which replaced her pit latrine a few months ago. At her feet, two lean, long-legged chickens, flocked by a bunch of fluffy chicks, peck at anything remotely resembling food, including my shoes. Inside a wooden shack behind her, Rartjarasoaniony’s elderly mother greets customers through a small window that overlooks the narrow, unpaved neighbourhood street. … [Read more...] about Madagascar has a hi-tech waterless toilet that charges your phone
The Motorola i1 is the globe's first Push-To-Talk Android phone. The handset has all of the great features you've seen from Android powered models, and also has the rugged dependability of a device made for use at places like construction sites. With a background as a vendor to the Armed Forces (Motorola communications equipment has always been a mainstay of the military, seen in the hands of our brave soldiers going back decades), the phone was built to military specifications and is designed to withstand shock, dust, vibration and the driving rain. If you're one of those cellphone users who is constantly bending over to pick up their dropped phone, or if you favor giving your device a frequent bath in the toilet, you might find the i1 to be a great choice. With Android 1.5 on board, the handset also is equipped with a 5MP camera with flash that also allows for video capture. You can watch the videos you take on the phone's 3.1 inch display with 320 x 480 resolution. And to top … [Read more...] about Motorola’s Push-To-Talk Android flavored i1 to get launched by SouthernLINC in Q2