Kleenex wants to make sure your office doesn't run out of toilet paper – CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
Many companies, including Apple, insist that apps are the future.
But there’s one place that apps have failed to penetrate: the toilet.
Specifically, the office restroom, where tragedy can strike at any moment — if you define tragedy as making yourself comfortable in a stall, only to discover that there is no toilet paper.
Vast brains have now come together to solve this problem.
Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Kleenex and Huggies, has created the Intelligent Restroom app.
Toilets the world over had been places of painful stupidity. It was embarrassing for CEOs that, in a world where everything is smart, their toilets were as dumb as a presidential candidate.
So, with the help of IBM’s Cloud and Bluemix Development Platform, building managers will now be alerted when toilet rolls are getting low and soaps are getting worn.
In a press release, Kimberly-Clark explained: “All the data is managed and monitored through a central dashboard that can be viewed on desktops or mobile devices remotely.”
Please refrain from using the term “data dump” here.
The company claims that, in pilot tests, this new Intelligent Restroom app has reduced the amount of restroom supplies by 20 percent.
This is surely, though, only the first step in office restroom monitoring.
In the near future, if you spend more than an allotted, say, two minutes in the restroom, you’ll get an alert on your phone telling you to hurry up.
The potential efficiencies of technology are only just beginning to be mined.
Please, though, wipe that thought away. Instead rejoice that, if your company invests in the Intelligent Restroom app, you’ll never have to go through this. (Disclosure: I may have been involved in the making of this.)
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