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A row of Tandems, in all their dual-purpose glory
A row of Tandems, in all their dual-purpose glory
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The Tandem is a combination sink and urinal
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The Tandem is a combination sink and urinal
The Tandem was created by designer Kaspar Jursons
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The Tandem was created by designer Kaspar Jursons
The Tandem saves water by reusing the hand-washing water to rinse out the urinal
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The Tandem saves water by reusing the hand-washing water to rinse out the urinal
Presumably the Tandem could allow bathrooms to be more compact and less expensive to build, as it replaces two appliances with one, and thus requires half as much plumbing to be installed
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Presumably the Tandem could allow bathrooms to be more compact and less expensive to build, as it replaces two appliances with one, and thus requires half as much plumbing to be installed
A row of Tandems, in all their dual-purpose glory
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A row of Tandems, in all their dual-purpose glory

Ladies, I know this may come as a huge surprise to some of you, but ... a lot of guys don’t wash their hands after finishing their business in a public bathroom. It’s true. In order to give such characters less of an excuse for not washing after peeing, a Latvian company known as Stand is now offering a combination sink and urinal. Appropriately enough, it’s called the Tandem.

Looking at the wall-mounted device, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s designed to let today’s busy multi-taskers get two things done at once ... but that wouldn’t make sense, not in this case. Instead, the idea is that users will have a sink right there in front of them when they’ve finished widdling. That way, they can’t “forget” to wash their hands, as they might do while making the long trek from a conventional urinal to a separate sink.

On the more practical side, the Tandem saves water by reusing the hand-washing water to rinse out the urinal. Presumably it could also allow bathrooms to be more compact and less expensive to build, as it replaces two appliances with one, and thus requires half as much plumbing to be installed.

The Tandem was created by designer Kaspar Jursons. According to a report on PSFK, it’s currently being manufactured on a small scale, is priced at US$590 per unit, and has already found buyers in Norway, Germany, Russia, Poland, and Latvia.

Source: Stand via PSFK

16 comments
Threesixty
Great idea because it's more important to wash hands before touching willie than after. Women don't have to touch and that's why they are exempt from this invention.
Samuel Doyle
Isn't there a chance that tall guys can become confused and .... Well, you know.
BigGoofyGuy
I have a feeling some men will still forget to wash their hands after using the urinal. There will be still be a need for the sink in the men room since not every guy goes in to urinate some need to have a bowel movement. I do think it could increase the number of men who wash their hands after usage.
Gadgeteer
The only problem with this is that every urinal would also need a soap dispenser. Guys aren't going to zip up, step away for soap then return to wash. BigWarpGuy, There's no reason guys who do #2 can't still use one of these just to wash hands. Other than maybe having to wait for one to free up.
kraftzion
stupid design. I wouldn't use the sink. Need to give the appearance of two separate units, not curve one into the other.
BundyGil
The reason so many men fail to wash their hands after peeing, is the more adept of us can whop it in and whop it out untouched by human hand........sorry, that's the other business....whop it out and whop it in is more accurate, using clothing to expose one's penis, and letting it hang on it's own. A quick shake of the zipper enclosure to dispense of the remaining drops and it slides back into it's resting place. No more than 2 shakes is allowed otherwise urinal companions would think you're wanking.
Marcus Carr
Good idea! Why not put a shoe shiner down below, then it can take us as long as it does for women and we can suffer the same ridiculous waits that they do? The whole point is that while we're washing our hands, someone else is peeing. Two devices means quicker turnaround. As not all men wash, we don't have to wait for the sink and if the dryer is busy, we dry our hands on our pants. I'm convinced that this thing was designed by one who pees sitting down...
Podzak
I can P without doing it all over my hands. :-p
bergamot69
How hygienic would it be to urinate and wash one's hands in the same unit? How do you prevent spray from contaminating the sink? I don't think this will change the attitudes of non handwashers. It will still be too much effort for them to wash their hands after urinating, or worse, doing a 'number two'. One problem in the UK is that far more often than not, there will be ample sinks provided (many with empty soap dispensers) but far fewer electric hand dryers- many of which won't start until the user has discovered where on the underside the sensor is before the damn thing starts working, and smaller facilities often have such feeble dryers that they are a waste of time anyway. When in a rush this means that many users have to wipe their hands on their trousers rather than queueing or holding up those behind.
VirtualGathis
I would never wash my hands in one of these things. For some reason when men approach a public urinal their aim seems to go. I cannot even count the number of times I've seen dried urine on top of the urinal, much less under it. That's not in a bar or a gas station that's in office buildings including the executive washroom.