U

your smart toilet assistant




> In the design fiction “Your smart toilet assistant”, we follow Tomoko’s everyday life after she has adopted a voice assistant in her bathroom. 


“You don’t invite anyone to the toilet. You have to like them!”

- participant in design workshop talking about U

> First iteration of U. In the image, you see me on the first day of my menstrual cycle.


> During the design of U, we tested many(!) different voices with different genders, ages, accents, etc. to find the

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Keywords: Design fiction, voice assistant, women’s health

Category: Design fiction
Location: Kyoto, Japan
University: Kyoto Institute of Technology
Collaborative partners: Tanpopo-no-ye, Vestjysk Gymnasium Tarm, KYOTO D-lab
Collaborator: Trieuvy Luu
Supervision: Prof. Julia Cassim
Actress: Shiori Masamoto
Year: 2018
“You don’t invite anyone to the toilet!”, said one of our participants at a design workshop in Kyoto in fall 2017. But Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Google's Assistant are already frequent companions when people bring their smartphones to the loo.

What if we would stretch the idea of a Siri in the bathroom? A voice assistant connected to the toilet? How would it sound and feel? What would it do? Which kind of relation would you have with it? Which problems might arise?

Together with Trieuvy Luu, I explored a future where bodily fluids and hormones are tracked and managed by a smart toilet assistant. In the design fiction, we are invited into the bathroom to follow the everyday life of such an assistant as it gets adopted by Tomoko.

Watch the video to meet "U”! 

Published in:


Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard and Lone Koefoed Hansen. 2018. Intimate Futures: Staying with the Trouble of Digital Personal Assistants through Design Fiction. In Proc. DIS 2018. ACM (2018)


Exhibited at:


Inhuman Art, ScreenSaverGallery, in your screen saver, world-wide, 6 December 2018 - 28 February 2019.

PAF Olomouc 2018, Gallery U Mloka, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 6–20 December 2018.
Mark