iota folding toilet

Iota Folding Toilet is an efficient solution for saving space and water

iota folding toilet

We have come across numerous furniture units that aims to save space and are very useful for small homes. Today, we were confronted with space saving toilet for small bathroom spaces. Dubbed as Iota Folding Toilet, this  concept toilet is not only smaller in size than a typical loo, but is also more efficient in saving enough amount of water.

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Brainchild of Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley, the Iota Folding Toilet was designed as a final-year project while studying at the UK’s University of Huddersfield. The concept toilet seat takes up one third of the space of an average toilet seat, when not in use and folded in the upright position making it a perfect fit for tiny homes. When compared to a standard toilet that use 6 liters (1.6 US gallons) of water per flush, the Iota makes use of just 2.5 liters (0.6 US gallons).

The Iota folding toilet includes a built-in U bend in the toilet bowl that disengages from the waste pipe when in use. The flush mechanism is activated after the user folds up the seat. The U bend re-engages simultaneously and the air tight seal makes sure that the waste stays where it should. The bowl is supported by an internal frame that utilizes a hinge mechanism to keep the toilet straight and a nylon roller to transfer the weight of the user through the frame onto the floor.

The design team has submitted a patent application for their concept design, and are looking to sell the idea in the future. Their environment friendly folding toilet design has been entered into the RSA’s Re-invent the toilet competition. Check out the demo video below for more:

Via: Gizmag/  DailyMail

One Comment

  1. paradoctor

    April 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    This is a truly terrible design, with a fatal chronic flaw and a lethal acute flaw. The chronic flaw is that the outlet to the sewer cannot be sealed; there must be a gap so the bowl can pivot; and through this gap sewer gases will constantly leak. Yuck!

    The acute flaw is when the wussy water-saving flush fails, and you have a bowl full of urine, toilet paper and feces. With a normal toilet the solution is the plunger; but when the bowl is up, you cannot reach inside with the plunger, and when the bowl is down, plunging will merely force the mess into the interior of the toilet and then onto the floor. Double yuck!

    Thumb down, nose pinched. Nobody anywhere should ever use this design. Burn the blueprints and go back to the drawing board, with a competent designer this time.


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