[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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)