The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week seemed to come and go, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Or maybe just a collective, whispered “Meh”. Silicon Valley titans such as Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft were mostly conspicuous by their absence, though their products were all over the showroom floor. In fact, a Google search for “Apple absent CES” turned up around 2.3 million hits.
That said, the iconic computer and device maker cast its long shadow over the week-long conference, as vendors and bloggers alike were toting Apple gear to show off their own wares or cover the show itself. Companies as varied as Otterbox, Ford Motor Co., Crayola and Belkin all had iPhone and/or iPad accessories to demo at the show. However, as cool as all the smartwatches and cases and stands and kid-friendly iPad art and app accessories were, one item outshone them all:
That’s right, the iPotty. And it pretty much does just exactly what you’d expect something with that name to do. It’s a toddler-safe iPad case with moisture-resistant screen cover – that’s attached to a front-facing potty chair. Anyone who’s ever toilet trained a child knows how important it is to keep said child parked on the potty long enough for them to do their business. This is where the iPad comes in. A toddler who’s playing Angry Birds or watching one of the umpteen episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba that Mommy downloaded from iTunes isn’t as likely to get bored or distracted before Nature has taken its course.
There’s an argument to be made, I suppose, that kids are already exposed to enough technology without it creeping into the bathroom too. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no “screen time” at all for children 2 and under. Not gonna lie, though; if this potty chair (and the iPad attached to it!) had existed when I was toilet training my son, I probably would have jumped on it.