AutoClose toilet seat — file under "What Next?"

Is this the toilet seat that Darth Vader would chose for his personal quarters on the Death Star? I personally think that, being a busy little bee, the Dark Lord has someone else to go for him, but you've got to wonder whether he was the inspiration for danish firm Pressalit's self-closing toilet seat.

An infra-red sensor on the loo lowers the seat automatically after you've stepped out of range, and you can set it to anything between one-and-a-half and five minutes. Parents of curious kids may feel the need to chaperone their little darlings out of the bathroom in order to avoid any unfortunate accidents. The AutoClose does beg a couple of questions — firstly, is this an utter waste of tech? And secondly, is it time DVICE did a round-up of the ten most pointless innovations?

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