The Café Diglas, located in Vienna, has installed see-through toilet doors that laugh at any idea you ever had at having privacy in a public place. Fortunately it’s not actually as bad as you think, as the doors only remain transparent until you lock the door. Using some pretty smart technology the doors turn opaque when the lock is engaged, with a light projecting a no entry sign on to the toilet door. Hopefully that will mean people will stop checking the handle to see if the door is actually locked when you’re sat on the toilet, which often scares the life out of me!
Watch the video above to see the trick in action. It’s neat but if you didn't know that the door becomes opaque when you engage the lock then you’d probably decline to use it, so we can bet a lot of people have took one look at it and walked straight back out the door without even attempting to lock it. I have no idea how the technology that makes all this possible works, but you can check out the YouTube comments for some contradicting ideas.
Strangely it’s not the first time that I've seen a see through toilet. A building that is mostly glass in Brazil made the mistake of also making the wall of the toilet out of see through glass, something that “obviously needs some adjustments” when a planning secretary was questioned about it. The blog post also mentions a public toilet in the middle of a street that has one way glass, so if you’re sat on it then it looks like you’re literally doing your business in the street while people walk past. Thankfully they can’t see you, but personally I think it would take away my urge to actually go.
If that doesn't float your boat, you could always try the ‘world’s largest toilet’ in Japan, which is basically a toilet in the middle of a large garden. Oh, the many ways to go to the loo!