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Vid Japan has been at the cutting edge of toilet design for decades and has one of the highest rates of smartphone penetration on the planet, so it’s perhaps fitting that it has now combined the two by introducing a hi-tech Android-powered loo which enables hands-free toilet action.

Japanese lav-maker Lixil has unveiled the Satis range, which can be controlled by a My SATIS Android app and a Bluetooth connection to carry out a range of tasks. These include lifting and closing the lid, flushing, shooting a bidet-like spray where the sun don’t shine and even controlling the temperature of the heated seat.

Judging by the video below, it effectively turns the user’s phone into a remote control for their toilet, which will not make things any easier for the bewildered tourist in Japan, who usually ends up having a rather uncomfortable time trying to find the flush button on one of the wretched things.

Aside from facilitating hands-free toilet-going, the app can also offer users the option of playing music through its built-in speakers, and for the more health and cost-conscious there is a toilet diary feature to help monitor one’s movements and keep track of water and electricity bills.

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The Satis range will be available in Japan from February 2013. iPhone users will have to wait a little longer to use the toilet as developers are still going through the motions on the iOS app.

Given remarkable previous toilet-related tech efforts, including a Toilet Motorcycle and a lav that can save penalty kicks, it can only be surmised that if Japan put a similar amount of effort into other areas of tech it could be a world-beater once again. ®

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