January 18, 2011
Urinal Games Being Tested In Japan
Japanese entertainment company Sega has taken Japanese toilets to an entirely new level by installing urine-controlled games in Tokyo urinals.
Four types of "Toylets" games are available to be played during a test period ending this month in four male bathrooms in pubs and game arcades.The project is aimed at drawing attention to digital advertisements.
Each urinal is fitted with a pressure sensor and a small digital LCD display that is placed at eye level.
Digital advertisements are shown after the games.
One of the games included is "Graffiti Eraser," in which a user tries to aim at the pressure sensor in the urinal to erase virtual graffiti on the display.
The game "Mannekin Pis" measures the volume of the user's stream.
Another game known as "The North Wind and The Sun and Me" uses the strength of a urine stream to determine the extent to which a virtual girl's skirt gets blown up by a digital wind.
"Splashing Battle!" puts two users against each other in terms of stream strength.
Players who are proud of their high scores are able to download them onto a flash drive.
Full-time foreign visitors to Japan are often baffled by the complexity of Japanese high-tech toilets. Some of the high-tech toilets feature computerized control panels, usually with Japanese language instructions as well as pictograms.
The "Toylets" will be available at limited locations until January 31.
A Sega spokesman said in a statement that they have "no concrete plans to make them into actual products."
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