Bathroom

  • The Japanese have unusual bathrooms, but we'd guess most prefer to use them without an audience. So what's the deal with these see-through public toilets by Shigeru Ban? Though they're transparent when not in use, they turn opaque when occupied.
  • Razor companies seem to have the research budgets of NASA or Tesla. We were curious about just how well what seem like innovations-for-innovation’s-sake actually stand up, so we grabbed the Gillette Labs Heated Razor and headed for the bathroom.
  • Although some people may take a more "civilized" approach, it's likely that most of us drink water by putting our mouths up to the faucet. The Da Vinci faucet was designed to make doing so more hygienic, as it incorporates a drinking fountain.
  • ​If you have a cat, chances are that you don't like cleaning out its litter box. Well, that's why the Catolet was created. It's basically a conveyor belt-equipped automatically-flushing toilet that's made for cats – or tiny litter-trained dogs.
  • ​Cleaning the toilet is one of those jobs that nobody likes. Wouldn't it be better if toilets could just, you know … clean themselves? Well, the creators of the SpinX are claiming that their device will allow your toilet to do just that.
  • ​Servicing the bathrooms in a large building can be a daunting task, and not just because of the cleaning. Custodians also have to check the levels of things like toilet paper and soap. It was with this in mind that the Fraunhofer Institute created the automated CWS Washroom Information Service.
  • ​The bathroom is one of the last bastions of privacy, where we can belt out a tune in the shower, soak in the tub, or primp and preen ourselves without judgement. To help your friends and family make the most of that precious personal time, we’ve rounded up some of the best bathroom gift ideas.
  • The Brondell Swash 1400 is a bidet built into a toilet seat that gives you the ability to customize the spray's width, pressure and temperature, and a buttload of other features to refresh your rear, like an air dryer, deodorizer, seat heating, and an in-bowl nightlight.
  • Few get the opportunity to live in a Zaha Hadid-designed luxury home. However, a new collection produced by Zaha Hadid Design and Spanish high-end ceramics specialist Porcelanosa offers those with deep pockets an opportunity to kit out their bathroom with the late architect's signature style.
  • The new Body Cardio scale from Withings not only lets you know how much weight you didn't lose yesterday, but also measures the wave your heart makes in your arteries to make you feel extra bad about your cardiovascular health too. Gizmag tried it out and investigated Withings' claims.
  • Microsoft joined the smart mirror fray at its Build conference in March demoing its own Magic Mirror. It has now explained the tricks behind the concept and provided those who don't mind a little DIY work with the tools to build their own​.
  • In the move toward sustainable homes, the progress of showers has been more of a trickle. Ten minutes in a traditional shower can use up to 100 l (22 gal) of water. The Hamwells e-Shower, however, promises high pressure and volume, while saving up to 90 percent on water and 80 percent on energy.