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They reinvent toilets with technology, now they are smart and save water and energy

They reinvent toilets with technology, now they are smart and save water and energy

Samsung smart toilet (Samsung)

After a period of three years of collaborative work within the framework of the challenge “Reinventing the toilet”, Samsung and the Foundation Bill and Melinda Gates developed a toilet prototype that has the characteristic of being especially hygienic and focused on the ecology which can be used in homes.

As the technology company explains in a statement, the objective of the challenge proposed by the Foundation’s ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’ program was to develop new technologies of human waste management.

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Jay Y. Lee, vice president of the technology giant, met with Bill Gates in mid-August to discuss the results of the work carried out. During the meeting, the founder of microsoft shared his vision and other initiatives, while Lee expressed his commitment to using the technology as a means to meet the challenges facing humanity.

Jay Y. Lee, Vice President of Samsung Electronics and Bill Gates (Samsung)
Jay Y. Lee, Vice President of Samsung Electronics and Bill Gates (Samsung)

A service to others

For the Foundation, the initiative to develop an improved waste management system could change the lives of more than 3.5 billion people around the world who lack adequate sanitary conditions in their homes or communities.

The smart toilet is energy efficient and allows the use of Recycled water to seek maximum efficiency in resource management. In addition, it dehydrates, dries and burns solid waste; and treats liquids through a biological purification process.

On the side of the South Korean company, work has been done on a bioprocessing technology to eliminate pathogens that could be present in human waste. This, the company assures, makes its use safe.

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Prototype with free licenses

Because it tries to impact as many people as possible around the planet, the South Korean company indicated that it will offer free patent licenses and free of royalties to developing countries in the first phase of commercialization. This means that people who want to replicate the project will be able to do so without any inconvenience.

Samsung said it will offer free and royalty-free patent licenses of the toilet prototype to developing countries in the first phase of commercialization.  (REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji)
Samsung said it will offer free and royalty-free patent licenses of the toilet prototype to developing countries in the first phase of commercialization. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji)

To continue distributing the product, the South Korean company said it will seek to continue working closely with the foundation to help move these technologies into mass production.

A more sustainable future

As part of the future project of the Asian brand, the company will point to a future “sustainable and with more personalized experiences”, as indicated by Jong-Hee Han, vice president, CEO and leader of the DX Division (Device eXperience) during his presentation “Together for Tomorrow” (Together for tomorrow) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022

At the event, Han highlighted his company’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions during the production process, so it is planned that, by 2022, 30 times more recycled plastic will be used. In addition, it is intended to expand the use of these materials in mobile products and home appliances during the next 3 years.

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By 2025, all of its TVs and phone chargers are planned to run on near-zero standby power, so products consume virtually no power when not in use.

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