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09 January 2011 @ 02:12 pm
And You Thought Japanese Toilets Couldn't Get Any Stranger  
Reposted from this community:

Sega has announced that it’s testing consoles called “Toylets” in urinals around Tokyo. The novel hardware asks the user to strategically vary the strength and location of his urine stream to play a series of games.

For now, Sega has installed Toylets in four Tokyo metro locations, including Akihabara, Soga and Ikebukuro. The location test will run through Jan. 31.

Each urinal is installed with a pressure sensor. An LCD screen is mounted on the wall above, letting the gamer select from and play four different minigames. There’s “Mannekin Pis,” which simply measures how hard you can pee, and “Graffiti Eraser,” which lets you remove paint by pointing a hose in different directions.

There’s the faintly misogynistic “The Northern Wind, The Sun and Me,” where you play as the wind trying to blow a girl’s skirt up, and the harder you pee, the harder the wind blows.

Finally, the bizarre “Battle! Milk From Nose” is a multiplayer game where you compete against the person who last used the urinal. The strength of your urine streams are compared, and translated into milk spraying out of your nose. If your stream is stronger, your milk-stream knocks your opponent out of the ring. If you do particularly well on any of the games, you can download and save your information to a USB stick.

Of course, it’s not just about games. Between sessions, the Toylet will display ads, hoping that you’ll pay more attention to them than to a traditional ad, because the console also serves up the games. With the USB stick functionality, it’s entirely possible that personalized adverts are in the works, too.

Sega's homepage (along with some really amusing graphics) can be found here.
Max Kaehn: Facepalmslothman on January 9th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I think I prefer the more subtle use of a decal of a fly in the urinal to induce better aim...
Cirdancirdan_havens on January 10th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
With USB functionality...? Um, meaning they keep the info or you bring your own USB drive to record your scores? Maybe we should rush to Japan to test the veracity of this information. Um, though it sounds vaguely like the games are male-urinals-oriented.
Shefytbastshefytbast on January 10th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)


...but it's too early for April Fool's. :(
UltraM2000 - 外国女性熱中人: negativemadsqueeble on January 10th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
>>faintly misogynistic “The Northern Wind, The Sun and Me”

Faintly? [/crabby]
SnarkyLlamallamabitchyo on January 10th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I've never particularly considered peeing as a process that was long and tedious and therefore needed excitement added. Now, standing in line outside the ladies after a concert/movie...