Conversational Urinals

Conversational Urinals

Heather Blaha
Apr 25, 2006

Our friend Kevin tipped us off to some special urinals out in the world right now. In his recent blog post, "Making Pee Fun," Kevin rounded up a couple of noteworthy ones. First up is On Target (pictured here), a videogame urinal designed by Marcel Neundorfer. Besides encouraging some fun, its goal is to improve hygiene and reduce cleaning costs (due to the reduced "target" size). This interactive urinal encourages "streaming accuracy." When a touch-sensitive pad detects pressure, the videogame imagery reacts to show the "gamer" how accurate, successful, and proud they should feel for their accomplishment!

Next up, an art installation, Clark Sorensen's "Nature's Call" from 2005:

Via, this fixture from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport depicts a "fly target" embossed on the porcelain. The trend to add flies and other targets was pioneered and continues to be advanced by European airport facilities:
This one is our Amsterdam panorama, also at Schiphol:
We found this one in AT: LA's archives. Alec writes, "Spoon Urinal by Philip Watts: Is this the beginning of in-home urinals?!"

(Thanks Kevin and Alec!)

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