One can only speculate as to what type of a voice a Toilet Annunciator would have if it could speak. Would it be a deep baritone warning of things to come or a soft soprano sweetly urging us onwards and upwards (or in whatever direction we seek to go at the time)? What exactly would Patent #US 6937155 have to say to humanity? Would it be grateful for our high fiber diets, sullen about our indifference to its purpose or proudly independent and/or ambivalent? Could it be something like the following, which was found on the patent’s description page?
“Hel-lo. This is your toi-let speak-ing. Thank you for install-ing this a-nun-cia-tor on me so that my voice can be heard more clear-ly.”
According to the words of the patent, the Toliet Annunciator is an apparatus comprised of a toilet tank containing water and an electrical circuit within an enclosure. A rigid arm extends upwards from the enclosure providing a hook for suspending the enclosure in a position just below the toilet tank. The electrical circuit produces a sound from the speaker when the toilet tank is flushed. There are two possible modes; one, where water dropping in the tank during flushing initiates the sound and the other involving sound that is picked up when there is a selected flush-related sound.
Either way, one can only wonder if sound is what is desired in the bathroom. Don’t most of us seek peace and quiet and isn’t that the last place you expect to be holding a conversation? Commands could include “let’s roll” and proverbs might indicate that “flushing is in the hands of the beholder.”
The toilet has inspired other inventions as well. Consider the “Bull's-eye Toilet Bowl!” and “Retractable Toilet Table Top” .
As far as the Toilet Annunciator goes, what’s that you say?