By now Japanese high-tech toilets are commonly discussed for their assortment of technology that can run the gamut from automatic toilet seats with “proximity” sensors, to ozone deodorizing systems, to music systems for masking noises and well, so much more. There are even talking toilets. More recently toilets there have been equipped with sensors that can measure an individual’s blood sugar, blood pressure and body fat content from urine. And did you know that in Japan, as in many places in the world there is toilet paper vending near public toilets? But it turns out the Japanese aren’t all “business” when it comes to toilets. Early this year the SEGA Corporation tested four games that can be played during real time action in the urinal. SEGA Toylet has a strategically placed “pressure sensor” in public urinals that are part of the “entertainment system” there. No word on when it will be commercially available.
But wait. There’s more. With all due respect to the people at SEGA, if actual bathroom action isn’t your thing, there’s a virtual alternative. The folks at ThinkGeek happened upon school girls in Tokyo lining up to play a Nintendo Wii game called, Super Pii Pii Brothers. The game mechanics involve strapping on a harness into which the Wii remote is attached and then it’s all just point and shoot, so to speak. A series of toilets pop up on the screen and the idea to aim and hit the target. But the action happens very quickly with toilets opening and closing with random critters appearing to keep it interesting. The toilets that pop-up are styled in 100 different environments including bars and palaces. The game has been described as featuring “amazing fluid dynamics.” Now shopping for the gamer who seems to have everything is suddenly a much simpler task.