Flash Flushing

British company loses nothing with its concept loo, the VIP (Versatile Interactive Pan). This diagnostic toilet reinvents perceptions of the humble pot.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  September 16, 2001

You can't escape technology. It comes screaming down the hallway, flies through the living room and study, rounds the kitchen in a flurry… And now it's penetrated the unsuspecting WC. English company Twyford Bathrooms has designed an extraordinary loo that executes a repertoire of talented tasks you never expected of the humble pot.

Developed to combine ergonomics, technology and well being, the Versatile Interactive Pan is truly all its name suggests. Adjustable by voice command or pre-programmed wall plaque, the bowl tilts and moves in an arc to accommodate users of varying ages, cultures, preferences and sex, facilitating techniques from squatting to urinal.

Flushing is activated by an infrared sensor, which operates on a vacuum system and reduces water consumption to an environmentally sound 2 litres. The technologically pumped W.C is further enhanced with a built-in probe that can analyse your waste deposits for hormone and nutrient levels to diagnose pregnancy, and diseases such as diabetes. It also has email capability, by which it can notify your doctor of any problems it detects.

What's more, it can interpret the results of analysis to provide relevant dietary advice and then, by a link with Internet shopping facilities, have the recommended food items delivered to your door. "It is ideal for people with health worries and establishes the humble loo as an interactive marvel", says Terry Wollicroft. We'll say.

Contact: www.twyfordbathrooms.com

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