Sega’s Toylets give public toilet users

something to aim at in Japan

By Darren Quick

22:44 January 23, 2011

Most men at one time or another (hopefully when they were merely boys) have enjoyed a spot or two of “sword fighting” in school toilets – just to clear up any misconceptions members of the fairer sex may have about such activities, this involves the clashing of streams, not appendages. One of the unfortunate side effects of these duels can be fair degree of spray ending up where it isn’t supposed to, creating extra work for those whose job it is to keep such facilities clean. Now Sega is bringing restroom gaming into the 21st century with a video game that makes use of a pressure sensor built into the urinal to entice urinators to keep their pee on target.

The “Toylet” – its actual name – consists of a sensor in the bowl of the urinal that measures both the strength, length and location of the urine stream, and an LCD display located at head height. The four games on offer include “Milk from Nose”, which pits the player against the previous user in a competition for the strongest flow, “The North Wind and Her”, in which the user plays as the wind to lift up a woman’s skirt, “Graffiti Eraser” that sees the player try and clear a wall of graffiti on a wall with some high-pressure blasting and “Mannequin Pis” which tells you how much urine you’ve discharged. Players proud of the urinary achievements can even download their scores onto a flash drive.

While the comfort station consoles are designed to improve the aim of public toilet users by providing an incentive to stay on target, they could also provide Sega with an extra revenue “stream” through the displaying of advertisements on the console’s screen before the games.

Sega has installed the Toylets in four metro stations in – you guessed it – Tokyo, where they will be trialed until the end of January.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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