If you're in the market for an electronic toilet paper dispenser that cuts your toilet paper for you in tiered increments from 23.6 to 47.2 inches, you're either very eco-conscious, very lazy or about to be overjoyed. Whichever it may be, the Japanese company Shikoku has come to save the day with the incredible Camitool, a touch-free toilet paper dispenser.
What's the purpose? Hygiene mostly. Who knows where previous toilet paper-touching hands have been? (You probably don't want to guess.) That's one of the reasons why the Camitool is selling to hospitals.
"...Because there's no need to touch the lid," a representative from Shikoku explained to DigInfo TV, "this dispenser is also an effective way to improve hygiene."
Not to mention, it's tailor-made for those with disabilities who may have trouble pulling and tearing at a typical toilet paper roll. But the Camitool has another purpose.
"It helps to conserve resources," the representative went on, "because it only dispenses paper in specific lengths."
But of course, it's the interior blade that makes the Camitool a long-awaited step in hands-free electronic toilet paper dispensing. Rotating the paper between two blades, the machine is able to cut your specified length before dispensing. It's a neat trick, to be sure. But how much will one of these set you back?
"The plastic version is priced at 60,000 yen (US$750)," the company rep told the source. And then there's the 95,000 yen - or $1,200 - made-to-order wooden edition, presumably for the outhouse or discerning lumberjack.
While the Camitool marks an advancement in developing restroom tools for individuals with disabilities, it also raises the question of how much the average individual needs restroom guidance. We don't have our magazine pile dispensing what it sees as appropriate reading material after all, or a medicine cabinet that advises us on that day's blush and eyeliner.
As for the Camitool's hygienic advantages, for some hospitals, no price is too high to assure cleanliness. Office buildings are another matter. Unless Shikoku comes out with a wholesale Groupon, don't expect to see the Camitool cropping toilet paper at work any time soon.
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