Japan is an astonishing country in many ways, a skilful blend of ancestral traditions and fully accepted modernity. Technology is everywhere, even on the toilets.
Japanese toilets have intrigued the world for a long, long time. Real UFO of the house, these WC have gained popularity, we can even find them in our regions now. And these devices are not lacking in strengths. Today, they are about to go even further with a technology still in its infancy, holograms .
Holographic control panels for Japanese toilets
If you’ve ever been to Japan , then you know how technologically advanced toilets can be. For those who live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it has become quite normal, but visiting foreigners see it as a true technological marvel with features you never knew existed.
That being said, it seems that the Japanese company Murakami Corporation wants to go even further, making these toilets more modern and high tech than ever. One of the concerns in the toilet, let alone in today’s sanitary environment, is that the buttons are operated by everyone who uses the toilet in question. This is far from hygienic on the one hand, and can even be dangerous on the other hand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Perfect for contactless in times of health crisis
How then to limit contact? Cleaning the buttons after each pass is not an option, or at least not realistic, so Murakami has partnered with Parity Innovations to design a holographic control panel, offering buttons that appear to float. By using infrared sensors to detect finger movement, the system is able to determine which buttons the user is attempting to press and trigger the feature accordingly.
Obviously, this technology cannot be limited to toilets alone. One can imagine quite a number of situations in which one could use such holographic controls, such as cash machines, elevators, etc. This device may appear to be more of a concept than a finished product, but Murakami hopes to start mass production of these panels in 2022. No doubt they would become democratized very quickly thereafter.