It’s so easy to tell when the toilet paper is running low, but we seem to always run out during an urgent situation. It’s one of those everyone’s-been-there spots. RollScout was created to stamp out those embarrassing moments when guests ask to use the bathroom and you’re all out of TP.
This incredible invention (and I mean incredible) warns you when there’s not enough toilet paper on the roll through a smartphone alert. And if you’re running a business, the RollScout can even be used in multiple restrooms and monitored on a web dashboard to keep toilets “serviced in a timely fashion“.
RollScout™ utilises some of the best, most reliable infrared emitters and sensors to monitor the level of toilet paper on the roll. When this level falls below a set threshold, RollScout™ turns on its warning system, a pulsing ring of amber light bright enough to be noticeable even in daylight conditions.
RollScout uses a “low duty cycle” algorithm to maximise battery life. This just means the gadget ‘wakes up’ every few minutes to activate its sensors for a fraction of a second. If there’s nothing to report, it goes back to sleep. But if a warning is needed, it stays away and checks every few seconds until the toilet roll is replaced. RollScout claims users will only have to replace batteries every nine to twelve months. Bonus!
RollScout started as a Kickstarter campaign back in July by a husband-and-wife team who are well-versed in economics and computer engineering.
After raising $13,000 on the crowdfunding site, RollScout was able to secure alternate funding to become reality.
Do we really need RollScout on the market? Well, no. We can stay extra vigilant on bathroom necessities and always have a spare roll on hand. But 50 years ago my grandparents would never have imagined seeing a toilet roll holder so technologically advanced. And seriously, how many times have you run out in the past year and wished your smartphone had alerted you when to pick up a four-pack?
RollScout comes in a range of styles, from Pure Black for $US59 to their 14K gold plated holder for $150, although “There is no obligation and no charge at this time. We will simply notify you when RollScout™ is ready to ship!”