CES: Talking toilet hopes to make a splash

If you think of pagers and cellular telephones as an invasion of your personal space, then try this one on for size. Tron Link Enterprises Co. Ltd. showed a voice-enabled appliance here this week that reminds you to put the toilet lid down.

The ToileTalker sits in the water tank of a standard toilet and has sensors that activate a voice synthesiser when the toilet is flushed and the water level in the tank falls. Flush the toilet and a voice says, "Honey, please put the lid down."

The battery-operated product will also warn you when your tank is leaking. And it includes a record function so you can leave a voice message for your loved one that they can listen to without interrupting their daily routine, company officials said.

The product is available today in the US and parts of Asia through Tron Link, priced at about US$24. If the ToileTalker has an Australian distributor, no one is owning up to it.

TronLink, with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, is on the Web at http://www.tronlink.com.

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