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It’s about time: Re-designing Toilet

There are things in life we take for granted and not think about much. Maybe toilet is one of them. Not for me. I am very angry about how terrible the toilets are today. I mean, how old is this design of toilet? Why is it that we have been stuck with such laughable design? Maybe it’s because smart, innovative people don’t consider re-working toilet design as cool or innovative. Maybe the reason is similar to the problem we have with how terrible UPS experience is. (Slow, convoluted, and inefficient operation that goes on in UPS branches.)

Let’s take a step back and try to capture the strengths of the current design of toilets:

* Stays relatively clean
* Durable

What are the weaknesses of current design of toilets?

* Gets dirty easily
* Splashes (I hate that!)
* Serves women well for both occasions, but not so much for men’s more frequent uses
* Clogs (occasionally)

This thought process helps us define the functional requirements for the new design of toilets:

* Stays clean
* Durable
* No splashes
* Serves women and men for both occasions
* Doesn’t clog (or if it does, these’s an easy way to unclog)

Are you happy with toilets of today? Do you have ideas on how to improve it? I think there is a better design. When we see it, we will go, ‘Ha! why didn’t we think about that?’

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