Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg was discussing his billion dollar startup Quibi with Procter & Gamble’s Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard a mere 10 feet away, but camera crews from media outlets like ourselves and CNN were more obsessed with experiencing bad puns and toilet humor from the folks at Charmin.
GeekWire Managing Editor Taylor Soper got a first-hand look at three new toilet technology concepts: the RollBot, SmellSense, and V.I.Pee. His conclusion?
“The future of the bathroom smells rosy and will never, ever lack toilet paper,” he said. “Absolutely incredible.”
RollBot is a Bluetooth-enabled robot designed to deliver a fresh roll of toilet paper to you when you unexpectedly run out on the throne.
SmellSense combines a fart sensor with an LED display that alerts you whether or not a bathroom is safe or toxic to enter.
V.I.Pee provides an Oculus Rift S VR headset at concerts and events so that you don’t have to miss any of the action while you are answering nature’s call.
None of these products are actually for sale, though smart home tech, including innovation inside the bathroom, is certainly a theme at this year’s CES. But kudos to Charmin for their efforts to help us “Enjoy the Go” and for a delivering a good laugh during the madness of the big show.
Everyone celebrates the new year in their own way, and some ways are quite unique. One community in Dodge County uses toilet paper to ring in the new year.
There was definitely a lot of fun had in Hustisford where the motto, for the day, was B.Y.O.T.P. or "Bring Your Own Toilet Paper.”
It’s the one day a year where you’ll find more toilet paper in the street, than on the roll. This is the 55th annual "Toilet Bowl," where throwing "T.P." is O.K.
“What’s your favorite part about throwing toilet paper?” reporter Kim Shine asked.
“You get to hit people," responded a 12-year-old girl enjoying the celebration.
Everyone has their own reasons for joining in on the fun. For Mary Dornfeld and her family, it’s tradition.
“It’s very cold, you have to half crazy to be out here," Mary said.
"My best friend and I, we used to come here every New Years and we just throw toilet paper and we just have huge smiles on our faces," added her son Malachi.
Tug-O-War and Water Barrel challenges also filled the day, but there’s more. The Toilet Bowl helps fundraise to preserve a historic piece of Hustisford - the Community Hall.
“That hall was about ready to go under and get demolished and a bunch of volunteers got together and put a lot of effort," Hustisford Community Hall Vice President Kirk Kaul said. "We re-did the upstairs with a brand new bar, new lighting, new paint inside and brand new bathrooms upstairs because we have polka dances throughout the year.”
And it’s likely those improvements will continue with the help of the community, and a few rolls of toilet paper.
Researchers in the US say they have created an ultra-slippery toilet coating that could help save vast quantities of water around the world.
Scientists at Penn State University say the coating cuts the amount of water required to flush excrement by 90%.
They say it also prevents bacteria from building up in toilet bowls and reduces associated odours.
The spray, which is more slippery than Teflon, would be affected by urine and need reapplying after about 50 flushes.
Researchers hope that the discovery could help reduce water waste. Every day, more than 141 billion litres of water are used to flush toilets.
According to the researchers, who published their findings in the journalNature Sustainability, the fresh water used to flush the world's toilets each day is six times Africa's total water consumption.
"Our team has developed a robust bio-inspired, liquid, sludge- and bacteria-repellent coating that can essentially make a toilet self-cleaning," Tak-Sing Wong, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the university, toldPenn State News.
"Poop sticking to the toilet is not only unpleasant to users, but it also presents serious health concerns," he said. "Our goal is to bring impactful technology to the market so everyone can benefit," he added.