Toilets have come a very long way from the times of water closets and chamber pots. The below infographic provides a history lesson on the one bathroom fixture we all tend to take for granted, with everything from water closets that were used 2,800 years ago to design concepts for toilets of the future.
The very first flush toilet was designed in 1596, but it wasn’t available to the masses. This toilet was designed specially for Queen Elizabeth I. It wasn’t until the 1800s that flush toilets became a priority to the world; the first indoor plumbing was installed in the Tremont Hotel in Boston in 1826.
Nowadays, some pretty innovative toilets exist in the world. For example, the Rapsel One Series conceals a toilet within a wooded area that can also serve as additional seating. Switzerland has some pretty bizarre public washrooms that are toilets within glass cubicles — a very public way to relieve yourself.
We might be seeing some pretty interesting (and expensive) toilets in the coming years. One design self-cleans, air dries, deodorizes, plays music with touch screen control, and has a heated seat and foot warmers.
To learn more about toilet technology, check out the infographic below.
(By Marissa Brassfield for CalorieLab)
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