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Thanks to all of the participants who submitted concepts. Check out all of the submission below.
Toilets On Demand
TheBusiness is a phone app that allows customers to easily find public toilets and even provides on demand toilet services for those just-can't-hold-it moments. TheBusiness can be downloaded onto any smartphone, and works with googlemaps to show a customer the nearest bathroom locations within a small range depending on what transportation is available to the user (foot, bike, public transportation, or car). The customer can also opt to hide or show pay toilets in the area. If there are no bathrooms in the area that the user finds acceptable or easy to get to, they can request an on-demand toilet to be driven to their location. These may only be available at peak bathroom-use times and locations (for example, during a football game or a 3-day concert festival). With TheBusiness, users can upload photos of each bathroom location, and can rate and comment on bathrooms they have visited, allowing other users to make an informed decision about which bathroom to choose.
We hold your stuff, so that you don't have to hold it.
A small wire tray can hold those books or packages that were too important to be left outside the restroom. The tray is fixed to the inside of a stall door or over a urinal. It swings down from a stored position to be able to hold your stuff The wire frame helps limit the amount of trash that may be left behind, but solid shelves may help as well.
Changing the roof of chemical toilets to allow natural light in and heat and air out.
The concept is focused around a new roof treatment for the structure involving two distinct layers: a translucent (not transparent) synthetic fabric mesh and a transparent rigid cover. The rigid cover is mounted a few inches above the mesh with open spaces around the edge to allow airflow through the structure. A corollary includes adding small sections of mesh to the outside walls to promote air circulation. These vents should bring in cooler fresh air and the clear roof should allow natural light in.
This is a simple step-on lever that lifts and closes the toilet seat
The invention is a simple step-on lever that can either push up or pull down the toilet seat, similar to those garbage cans that the lid goes up or down on if you step on the button. This would greatly help women and men who don't want to touch the toilet seat before they pee.
Know if there's toilet paper before you enter the stall.
The product is a sign that is installed on the outside of a stall door which lets potential users know if that stall has toilet paper. If the stall has a healthy stock of toilet paper, the status symbol will be lit up at 'good'; if running low, 'low'; if completely out or down to the last few sheets, 'empty'. The status will be determined by a sensor placed in the toilet paper holder that would send a signal. The sensor could get its readings from the weight of the toilet paper roll, the diameter of the toilet paper, a light sensor that detects when the cardboard center of the roll is visible, or any combination of the three.