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Alexa, deal with my crap

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas featured a bunch of cool stuff, but we are going straight to the bathroom: Kohler introduced an Alexa-enabled commode called the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet. Price tag: $7,000.

Besides Alexa, the toilet boasts an extensive list of premium features that, until now, you had no idea you needed, all packaged in an angled design more Star Wars droid than potty. 

You’ve got my attention, but what does it come with?

Mood lighting? Check. Surround-sound speakers? Included. An ultraviolet sanitation wand, heated seat, personal cleanser, air-dryer, and no-touch lid that opens and closes automatically? Obviously.

The toilet, set for sale later this year, will also support the big three of virtual assistants: Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. While sitting on the loo, users can check the weather, listen to the news or game, and even order more toilet paper.

The lavatory of the future

The Numi 2.0 is just one piece of Kohler’s “Veiled Lighting Bathroom Collection,” all virtual assistant-enabled. Users can voice-command sink faucets to their preferred handwashing temperatures and mirrors to emit light. You can even specify a ratio for steam to rain in the shower using a DTV+LED touchpad.

Shoppers who would prefer the Numi 2.0 in black will have to pay an extra grand. $8,000 is a lot of money to pay for a fancy toilet, but luxury — butt luxury, in particular — comes at a cost.

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