Alexa, Flush The Toilet

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Alexa, Flush The Toilet

After attending CES, Jonathan Gleich was inspired. He rushed straight home and started thinking of flushing a toilet. This isn’t a statement on the quality of CES, but rather, Jonathan saw a fancy voice controlled toilet that cost a considerable sum of six thousand dollars. He devised a plan to get that same functionality at a fraction of the cost.

I attended CES, and one of the displays was a $6000 Alexa controlled toilet, and I thought to myself:


(yes, I did think this in all caps)

So I did my research and purchased a Swash 1400 ‘Washlet” toilet seat

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Jonathan’s project takes advantage of a store bought bidet attachment, a motorized flushing add on, an IR transmitter, and an Adafruit feather board. This means that he got the full featured package at a fraction of the cost

$649 for The swash 1400

$46.00 for the auto flusher

$23.00 for the Broadlink IR

$17.00 for the Adafruit board (Alexa interface)

You can follow along on his Instructable to recreate the project at home. I think we can all agree that the world needs more Jonathans.

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