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Potty Talk Becomes Toilet-Side Technology

The article The Type-A Bathroom [WSJ] [1] the sanctity of the bathroom has been compromised by a new trend in construction that caters to workaholics.

This trend is not just appearing in “smart homes.”

The humble bathroom, long a place of refuge and solitude, is playing quiet host to more workplace transactions. Bathroom business has gone way beyond tapping out furtive emails on a BlackBerry. Lately, more hard-driving homeowners have converted their loos into virtual satellite workspaces, with retractable desks or waterproof touch-screen monitors. Manufacturer Acquinox of New York says sales of its steam shower/whirlpool units — a hands-free phone is standard in each — nearly tripled last year to 14,800 modules. Wisconsin-based Seura, meanwhile, reports rising sales of its vanity mirrors, which feature LCD screens in the glass. The mirrors, starting at $2,400, let users check their tie-knot, then flip a switch to watch the embedded TV.

Many Type-A bathrooms are showing up in high-end “smart homes,” which feature computer systems that let homeowners control music, temperature and lights from wall-mounted touch pads. Now, builders and interior designers say, more owners also want toilet-side technology.

When I read the WSJ article, the authors casually mentioned the phrase toilet-side technology. I was not familiar with it and I had to look it up.

I went to one of my favorite vocabulary resources (goodness knows I need it) Word-spy [2] and looked up toilet-side [3].

Relating to something positioned beside or within reach of a toilet.


They used the WSJ article as an example of its correct use, proving yet again that the WSJ is a leading-edge publication. 😉