Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Look, No Poop!

I am a fan of "touchless" public restrooms. Quite frankly, while I am no OCD germophobe, the fewer things I have to touch in a public restroom the better. I am a big fan of restrooms which use a "baffle," rather than a door, to separate the rest room from the outside. I was intrigued by the headline: Automatic Toilet Tissue Dispenser Ready.

Much like automatic flush toilets, sinks, and hand dryers/towel dispensers, the T.P. dispenser uses a motion sensor to dispense 5 sheets (sorry, Sheryl Crow) at a time:
Richard Thorne grins as he waves his hand under a toilet paper dispenser in a women's restroom. The machine spits five sheets of tissue into his grasp.

"This is probably the most personal experience you can have. We didn't want to get any frustrations," Thorne says. "None of us like to touch things they think someone before them has touched."

Not only is the automatic dispenser cleaner, it is certainly a step in the right direction for all the conservation freaks out there. One imagines 5-year-olds will no longer be able to pull off (and attempt to flush) 10 yards at a time. Perhaps this dispenser will become available in a consumer model. Just the thing to go with your Japanese Super Toilet. Be sure to scroll down in the link for an advertising poster for the "apricot washer." Looks somewhat painful...

UPDATE: I saw a toilet called "clean-seat-matic" at the Llamabutchers. Another useful bathroom idea if your house has 5- and 3-year-old boys. Need we say more?

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