Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Dutch toilet startup built a smart urinal that serves ads while you go- This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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We’re not taking the piss on this one. Forward-thinking Dutch toilet startup, Mr.Friendly, has found a way to pester you with intrusive advertising even when you’re taking a leak.
The quirky company has designed a smart urinal that fills your sight with crappy ads while you’re emptying your tank. Indeed, the focus here is on the ‘while’ part. The unusual invention is equipped with built-in sensors that roll the ads only when they’ve detected someone is painting the canvas yellow.
The ads are then displayed on the urinal’s built-in display. As you probably guessed, Mr.Friendly has also built a “Cloud Control Center” that lets you manage the ads remotely, including the when they appear. 
How, you might be thinking, is this a good idea?
Well, ads on urinals are “guaranteed to capture 40 seconds of a gentleman’s attention,” according to Mr.Friendly.
Mr.Friendly understands the importance of finding a way to communicate when a person is most open to receiving information,” its site reads. “The best moment to do this is when a person cannot escape to do something else, and can only focus on your message.This happens seldom, especially in our busy modern world.”
In addition to the excellent advertising opportunity it offers, Mr.Friendly claims the urinal is “waterless and cost-effective.” It’s also entirely odorless. Unfortunately, the urinal’s price isn’t listed on the website.
Funny enough, I heard about Mr.Friendly and its bleeding-edge creation from a colleague who spotted one of these in the wild. In signature Internet of Things fashion, the advertising component – which is Mr.Friendly’s unique selling point – wasn’t working.
In all fairness, toilet tech is a legitimate industry and nothing to be frowned upon. You’ve probably heard about Japan’s excellent toilets – or perhaps seen this hi-tech urinal that cleans your bishop entirely hands-free.
Unlike Mr.Friendly’s urinal though, these were designed with functionality in mind, not advertising.
So unless the Mr.Friendly urinal can balance out the outrage of serving ads on such an uncommon occasion with a wonderful pissing experience, we might as well flush this concept down the toilet.
by mix


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - This futuristic toilet could save lives – and it’s closer than you think - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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North Carolina could one day be known as the birthplace of a futuristic toilet that can convert human waste into water, a puff of smoke and a dusting of ashes.
Scientists at RTI International and Duke University have been developing a high-tech off-the-grid commode for five years, with about $18 million in funding to date from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Seattle foundation regards the lack of proper toilets as a major global health issue in many parts of the world, where water contamination and diseases are spread by more than 2 billion people using improperly drained latrines or defecating in open areas.
The idea of a germ-free toilet that can go anywhere is generating interest beyond the international aid network. RTI has begun testing a heavy-duty version of its sustainable toilet for military use. The testing is taking place at RTI’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The next step – installing the facility for testing at a military base – is under discussion and could happen as early as next year. The U.S. Army is interested in developing a mobile self-contained toilet that doesn’t depend on tanker trucks hauling out human waste in dangerous locations around the world.
If widely adopted, the remote, unplugged toilet could someday replace the low-tech Porta-Potty and serve residents in areas hit by disasters such as hurricanes, or be used by refugees, migrant workers, construction crews, festival goers and the like.
“When you flush, it doesn’t go to a sewer or a treatment facility,” said Jeff Piascik, a senior research engineer at RTI. “We treat that incoming source – both solid and liquid – to the point where it’s pathogen-free, it’s safe for the environment, and we’re able to treat everything on site.”
The most delicate of subjects in polite society, the standard toilet is a technological marvel of odorless sanitation that has changed society hugely, but has itself changed little since it was developed more than a century ago. If the toilet revolution is to happen, however, it would require more than technological advancements.
The researchers are finding that public acceptance of an off-the-grid toilet would also require an adjustment in cultural attitudes and taboos relating to privacy and hygiene.
“It’s usually not something you put in your backyard, for one,” said Brian Stoner, director of Duke’s Center for WaSH-AID (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease). “Now bring that closer to your home, and people can be uncomfortable with it, if it’s not presented properly.”
Stoner, who joined Duke’s faculty last year, spent 17 years at RTI, specializing in global health technologies. A prototype of the Duke/RTI toilet has been field-tested at a university in India for the past two years. Two more of the self-contained toilets will begin testing next year at a dormitory for women workers at a cotton mill in India, and at a community restroom in a low-income township in South Africa.
Duke and RTI, including N.C. State University’s Global WaSH Cluster, are working on the toilet with Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Laboratory, NASA’s Ames Research Center, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Connecticut start-up Biomass Controls, which last month opened an office in Durham.
The Gates Foundation has invested more than $100 million in its global Reinvent the Toilet project, which has resulted in a dozen toilet concepts since the foundation launched the effort in 2011. The foundation’s goal is to create a toilet that removes germs from human waste, recovers energy and other resources, operates independently of utility infrastructure, and costs less than 5 cents per day per user.
Some toilets have been developed in the past can do some of those things – like composting or incinerating – but they don’t meet all of the foundation’s criteria for cost, off-grid capacity, and pathogen-free operation.
Gates Foundation spokeswoman Allison Davis said the Duke/RTI toilet is one of the program’s successes and shows promise for commercialization. The other toilets are being developed in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom, Canada as well as the United States. Some turn the waste into chemical fertilizer or into biochar, a byproduct that can be used to amend the soil.
Rather than functioning as a terminal end of a vast sewer network, the RTI/Duke toilet is a self-contained and a self-sufficient waste-to-energy conversion machine. Freed from the sludge pit and untethered from the sewer pipe, it is a mobile, self-cleaning unit that contains a chemical waste treatment processor to purify urine into water, and a dehydrator and incinerator to reduce solids to ashes.
It goes by the name TOWR, short for Toilet with On-site Waste Remediation.
The treated water it produces circulates internally for flushing. Rather than using chemicals, it converts natural salts electrochemically into chlorine and other oxidants. A charcoal filter traps offensive smells in the smoke it releases when incinerating dried sludge. The mini-plant’s electronic technology can be powered by a wall outlet or solar panels.
The technology is not without limitations. It can only handle about 15 users in one day before it shuts down so as not to be overloaded with too much waste material. But Stoner said the technology could be scaled to accommodate 150 users.
Commercial production is at least two years off, Stoner said. He noted that adoption by the U.S. Army would go a long way toward validating the concept.
“It’s really changing the way we’re thinking about waste treatment,” he said.

by John Murawski

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - This is how the toilet was invented — and actually got its name - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

While Crapper did exist (and likely is the man behind the more scatological term for the loo), it was England’s John Harington who developed a modern working toilet nearly 300 years before Crapper was born.

Even brief biographies show Harington to be one fascinating chap. Born about 1560, he studied law, but found more pleasure writing poetry in the court of Elizabeth I, the childless queen who chose him as one of her 102 godsons.
Unfortunately, he quickly became known as her “saucy godson” because he had a penchant for stretching the bounds of good taste with his bawdy verses. Eventually, Elizabeth banished him from 1584 to 1591.
So with time on his hands, Harington came up with Britain’s first flushing toilet, which he called the “Ajax” (apparently from “a jakes,” a common slang word for an outhouse). In 1596, he even detailed his work in a tongue-in-cheek book called “A New Discourse upon a Stale Subject: The Metamorphosis of Ajax.”
Yet even here, he couldn’t leave well enough alone. Along with discussing his invention, Harington also used the book to criticize the stercus — or excrement — that the Earl of Leiceister was using to attack two of Harington’s relatives. Although the book proved popular among the masses, the queen was not amused and banished him again.
Nevertheless, Elizabeth did have Harington install one of his toilets in Ye Royale Palace, but that, too, wound up raising a stink — literally. His contraption is described as having a pan with an opening at the bottom and sealed with a leather-faced valve. A system of handles, levers and weights poured in water from a cistern, which opened the valve, according to historian Ellen Castelow. But the whole thing was so poorly vented that sewer gas seeped back in, forcing the queen to continually have bowls of fresh herbs and flowers placed around the room to quench the stench, according to historian Maureen Francis.
It would take another two centuries for indoor toilets to pass the smell test. In 1775, Scottish watchmaker Alexander Cumming earned a patent by finally adding a water-filled S-trap in the drain to keep odors from wafting back up the pipe after the toilet was flushed. Three years later, English inventor Joseph Bramah patented improvements that helped keep Cumming’s toilet from freezing in winter.
Still, people clung to their chamber pots, which allowed outbreaks of deadly diseases to run rampant in London, for example, until well into the 19th century. In 1830, for example, R.H. Mottram’s public report stated, “Whole streets were flooded with sewage.” The death rate for children was an eye-popping 480 per thousand.
Finally, in 1848, a Public Health Act in London required every new house to have a “water closet, privy or ash-pit.” Eventually, flush toilets became the standard, and although some historians dispute the link, many say we still pay tribute to Elizabeth’s racy subject when we excuse ourselves to go to the john.
More musings from the w.c.:
“Toilet” itself is what’s left of the French “toilette,” a dressing room. In turn, “toile” was a cloth draped on someone’s shoulders while his or her hair was being groomed. By the early 1800s in the United States, toilet had become a synonym for both the bathroom and the porcelain waste-disposal device.
“Latrine” reportedly was derived from the Latin “lavatrina” (for bath or privy) while “lavatory” comes from the Latin “lavare,” meaning “to wash.”
In 1969, British writer Wallace Reyburn made history when he published “Flushed With Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper,” which details Crapper’s invention of the toilet — history that was pure fabrication. While there was a Thomas Crapper who lived in London from 1837 to 1910, he ran a plumbing company and merely made a few improvements to the toilet’s basic design. Nevertheless, when U.S. troops in World War I saw Thomas Crapper & Co. prominently stamped on toilets in their overseas washrooms, it likely led to the more bawdy “crapper” and “crap” as synonyms and give Reyburn a good fairy tale. (He later wrote the obviously facetious “Bust-Up: The Uplifting Tale of Otto Titzling and the Development of the Bra.”)
As you probably know, we owe sailors for the origin of the term “head” for toilet. In olden days, seamen would relieve themselves at the front (head) of the ship, where the wind would blow any odor out to sea.
While there are many theories surrounding the origin of “the loo,” the most colorful involves the daily ritual of emptying chamber pots out the window in France. To warn passersby of the impending dump, the French, like any courteous golfer, reportedly would yell, “Guardez l’eau!” — watch out for the water. As the story goes, the English mangled this to “gardy-loo,” and eventually loo became a British synonym for the toilet itself.
And, to come full circle, it was John Harington who once wrote, “Treason doth never prosper. What’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”
by Roger Schlueter

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Will Ferrell let loo-se on Virgin Trains - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Virgin Trains' West Coast passengers will find Will Ferrell accompanying them to the bathroom

A-lister warns passengers using the on-board toilets to make sure they've locked the door during comedy announcement

Virgin Trains' passengers are getting an extra dose of toilet humour this festive season - because they're being greeted with advice from an unexpected A-lister.
None other than Will Ferrell has taken over toilet duty on board Virgin's Pendolino trains to celebrate the release of new Christmas comedy, Daddy's Home 2.
The Anchorman and Elf star is bringing his own brand of loo-d humour to the West Coast mainline during November and December in a series of light-hearted announcements.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - $100K Louis Vuitton Golden Toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Courtesy: Instagram/Illma Gore via Storyful

Just in time for Christmas, here’s a gift idea for that special someone who has everything – a Louis Vuitton-covered golden toilet.
The luxurious, $100,000 commode is fully functional and on display now at online retailer Tradesy’s new Santa Monica showroom.
Artist Illma Gore destroyed 24 different Louis Vuitton pieces to cover the toilet in the high-end designer’s signature leather.
“I won’t be sitting on it personally, I think that’s a bit lewd for an event but people will be able to sit on it, interact with the piece as well,” Gore said.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Deck the halls ... and your toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Decorating for Christmas will start in earnest in a week or two, so don’t forget to decorate the loo.
For too many years, the most common decoration for the toilet was the rug-like cover, but now you can theme your bathroom year round with Toilet Tattoos.
Available in a variety of designs, colours and themes — including Christmas — the toilet tattoos are removable, reusable and easy to clean, giving you the opportunity to transform the look of the toilet by just peeling the tattoo from its backer card packaging, placing it on the toilet lid and smoothing it out.
Toilet Tattoos are made from electrostatic vinyl film, are reusable and will not harm the toilet lid when removed.
by Myke Thomas