Courtesy Sensor – How Sensors Could be used on a Toilet
One of the things I love most about our business is that the technology we employ in our product is extremely versatile. We currently support applications across many industries including medical implantable devices, industrial controls, fluid controls, aerospace, appliances and many others. Since it is so diverse, our engineers love to brainstorm new ideas about how to utilize the product. Some turn out to be really good ideas and some not so practical. Either way, it’s still a lot of fun for us.
Thus, we’ve decided to share some of those ideas. Over the next few weeks HSI Sensing engineers will be posting ideas about how we could apply our technologies around our homes. In the future we will choose other environments to brainstorm around.
An application that my wife may find very helpful would be to monitor the toilet seat. Using HSI technology, it could be determined whether or not the toilet seat was left up. It would be possible to sense just the seat or both the lid and the seat. I know it is a real issue at my house. We have a son that is just about to turn 7, so I’m pretty sure his mother and sister would appreciate this innovation.
Additional components could be utilized to notify the user that the seat had been left up, such as an audible alarm. It would most likely be triggered after a set period of time. Likewise, the audible functionality could be used to praise good behavior. When the toilet seat is returned to the desired position, the toilet could say “thank you.” The toilet could be set up to send you a text message letting you know it was left up. It could even be tied into the home alarm system to alert the police, although that may be a little overkill. The main point is that HSI could sense the seat position, then send that signal to whatever control device may be employed to monitor the situation. The specific control device and its strategies could lead to other creative solutions, both practical and impractical.
This is just one solution. Subscribe to read the others in the coming weeks.