A foot warmer, a heated seat that automatically goes up and down, a built-in music system, a Bluetooth receiver for users to stream audio from their mobile devices, an SD card to access custom playlists or personalized welcome messages, a USB port for software updates, and ambient lighting that features seven different colors to choose from.”
All of these specifications sound like the list of accessories you’d expect to find in the latest and greatest luxury car about to burst upon the automotive scene.
But it’s not. It’s a…toilet?
It’s hard to believe but these features are everything that comes with the most recent innovation from Kohler- The Numi Toilet.
Priced at a measly $6,390, you too can enjoy the luxury of a toilet the will greet you with a personalized message, glow whatever color you like, and play you a victory song as the built-in bidet washes you clean.
To me, the Numi raises several questions in my mind. In a world where technology is becoming native to everything we do and embedded in everything we touch, are there some areas where certain technology should never exist? Like the toilet?
Will we ever reach a point in time where it is commonplace for your toilet to need monthly updates? More importantly, is your bathroom experience truly enhanced by ambient lights and custom playlists streaming from beneath you? And really, what are the consequences of having built-in slots for USB and SD cards in a toilet?
So will the Numi set the standard for commode culture or is it a just an over-priced gimmick?