Kohler Co. has introduced new electromagnetically activated touchless toilet technology to allow users to flush the toilet without making contact.

While the concept of self-flushing toilets is not exactly new, most commercial systems use a beam-based sensor activated by the slightest of movements, which can sometimes result in mistimed flushes. 

Kohler’s design utilises emerging sensing technology, which projects an electromagnetic field that can detect the toilet’s user and only flushes when they wave their hand into that field.

The new Touchless system will be available on several of the company's new toilets but will also be available as a standalone retro-fit kit for those wanting to upgrade their current bowl.

The sensor attaches to the toilet tank with a metal bracket and runs on four AA alkaline batteries, which are expected to last on average six to twelve months.

Courtesy Kohler via Engadget