Potty Talk from Japan

The country's love of gadgets and its obsession with cleanliness have taken toilets high-tech

Most people might find it disturbing to have a toilet talk to them. Not so in Japan, the home of the futuristic commode. The country's toilets are now packed with enough high-tech wizardry to rival a James Bond movie. They have infrared sensors, microprocessors, and light-emitting diodes. The upscale ones will deodorize the room, play music to drown out unwanted noise, spray your buttocks, cleanse the bowl, and close the lid after you're done.

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