A futuristic looking toilet with a foldable bowl has been designed by British students to make the standard loo more efficient.

Designed by Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley, who are students at the University of Huddersfield, the Iota toilet takes up a third of the space of a standard toilet when it is folded in the upright position and not being used.

Humphreys and Whiteley also claim the toilet can reduce water use by 50 per cent, with the moveable bowl initiating a 2.5 litre flush, compared to six litres for an average toilet.

The concept works based on a U bend in the bowl that disconnects from the waste pipe when in the seated position.

Folding the toilet upright activates the flush mechanism, which in turn re-engages the U bend and waste pipe and creates an air-tight seal that ensures the waste stays where it should be.

An internal frame supports the bowl using a sliding hinge mechanism and a nylon roller. The hinge mechanism keeps the toilet straight, while the roller takes the weight of the user and transfers it through the frame to the floor.

The Iota is currently still in concept stage but the innovative design duo have already taken steps towards selling their idea.

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 Courtesy Tree Hugger and Daily Mail UK