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LG Uplus to introduce Korea’s first IoT-based bidet toilet

  • PUBLISHED :April 23, 2017 - 17:08
  • UPDATED :April 23, 2017 - 17:21
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[THE INVESTOR] Amid the fast-advancing Internet of Things technology, a new item has joined the list of smart things -- electronic bidet toilets.

South Korean mobile carrier LG Uplus and electronic bidet maker Kohler Novita on April 23 said they will introduce the country’s first-ever electronic bidet running on IoT technology next month.

An electronic bidet is a high-tech toilet seat cover featuring functions such as a nozzle that sprays one’s bottom with warm water. It is controlled via a remote control attached to the toilet seat.





The upcoming IoT electronic bidet works by syncing with the LG Uplus home IoT platform app, IoT@home. Using Wi-Fi, users can remotely control the bidet’s water temperature, spraying strength as well as cleansing format.

According to LG Uplus, the IoT bidet automatically tracks and analyzes a user’s bidet usage patterns to automatically inform them when they need to switch the filter or request a cleaning service.

In addition, the connected bidet sends alerts to users who have been sitting on the toilet for too long -- presumably because they are on their smartphones -- to tell them to get up, the firm said.

The new IoT bidet can be purchased via Kohler Novita stores nationwide, LG Uplus’ online IoT Shop as well as e-commerce websites including 11st Street, Auction and Gmarket.

Looking ahead, LG Uplus said it plans to introduce up to 50 IoT-connected devices inside bathrooms and houses, such as fans, light switches and open door sensors to build a more connected smart home.

By Sohn Ji-young/The Korea Herald (jys@heraldcorp.com)

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