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Laboratory Prototypes of User Friendly Toilets

(developed and evaluated in the framework of FRR research project)

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This page outlines a selected number of new components and features the FRR laboratory prototypes consist of. The FRR components have been tested extensively at up to 5 European test sites in a laboratory environment. Additionally some selected FRR modules have been evaluated in a real life environment.

Adjustability of Height and Tilt Supports Transfers and Standing Up

Via actuators (motors) the toilet bowl (and seat) can change height and tilt in a wide range. A conventional hand held remote control provides 6 buttons: height up/down, tilt more/less, flush and nurse call.

Advantages for daily life:

Grab Bars

New types of vertical grab bars and improved versions of horizontal grab bars provide useful means for hold on.

Toilet Seat to Ease Transfer and to Increase Body Stability

Left side and right side of the toilet seat two boards ("wings") are available which have the the same height as the centre part of the seat.

Advantages for daily life:

Touch Screen Provides a Highly Flexible Control

A touch screen user interface demonstrator provides an alternative to the conventional hand held control. Provides dynamic screens, different modes and acoustic feedback.

Voice Control provides a "third" hand

Controling the toilet via voice provides an alternative for steering toilet (height and tilt of bowl, flush), environment (e.g. light and light level), and alarm / nurse call call. It can be seen as an additional "third hand".

Advantages in daily life:

Voice Output Provides Guidance

Optional the toilet can inform in synthetic voice what will happen or what task already has been completed.

Embedded Intelligent Control and Enhanced Safety of the User

A control unit is receiving sensor data and is controling the whole FRR toilet system. Intelligent sensors provide data which

Personalisation via FRR Smart Cards

Smart cards are storing the user's preferences in a contact less way (based on RFID technology). These data can be recalled by the prototype when the user enters the toilet room. In this way the user can find the toilet prototype always with the same settings as he/she needs / prefers. The smart card can also be used as key allowing access to toilets in a contactless way.

Multi Lingual Supports for an European Solution

enables the users to use their mother tongue (or other preferred language) regarding synthetic speech output, voice control, textual information displayed on touch screen regardless of where in Europe the FRR toilet is located .

Door and Door Handle

A space saving door and a new type of door handle are improving the access to the toilet room.

Appropriate Illumination and Color Contrast to Support Visually Impaired Persons

Guidelines for lighting and color contrast suitable for visually impaired users were developed and tested.

Personal Hygiene - Moveable Comfort Wash Basin

A small wash basin which can be moved towards the user while he / she is sitting on the toilet was designed.

Additional and General Information about FRR project

... is to be found on http://www.fortec.tuwien.ac.at/frr and on external link http://www.frr-consortium.org.

Other more detailed links:

  • Link to FRR Real Life Test, Dec 2004 - Feb 2005
  • Link to FRR final conference, March 17th, 2005
  • Link to Hungarian companies Clean Solution Kft. and Santis Kft., developer and manufacturer of FRR product version
  • Link to partners involved in FRR project, Jan 2002 - Mar 2005


    Logo of FRR - Friendly Rest Room Project  These activities were carried out in the framework of the Friendly Rest Room research project which partly was funded by the European Union as project FRR - QLRT-2001-00458 in the quality of life programme of 5th Framework Programme.
    For a list of consortium partners having been involved in the FRR project click here.

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