The iPotty was unveiled last week at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
According to TODAY, the iPotty looks like a regular plastic toilet with a removable bowl.
However, the iPotty is a regular plastic toilet with an unusual twist. It has an adjustable stand attached to it that’s fit specifically for an iPad.
The iPotty was developed by CTA Digital, which is a company that has already developed a kiddie sized iPad play table.
When the iPotty was first presented, a lot of people thought that it was a bad idea. They believed that it was just another way that society is teaching our children to rely on a constant stream of over-stimulation.
Mari-Jane Williams wrote on the Washington Post’s parenting blog:
“They can’t spend a couple of minutes in the bathroom without a video or game to keep them company? Do we really want children to grow up thinking that they can and must be engaged and entertained at all times?”
Dina Light-McNeely, a mother with a 4-year old in Dallas, Texas, said:
“Potty training is a great time to connect with your child. Why add a barrier to the mix with a piece of technology. What’s next, a robot parent?”
Still, there are parents that think that the iPotty is a good idea because keeping a child on the toilet long enough to go is a challenge in itself. If the iPotty can help keep the kids still, it could be real helpful.
According to Gizmag, there are no specific apps for the iPotty as of yet, but there are plenty of potty training apps in the Apple App store.
When not in use, the iPad stand can be removed completely.
The iPotty is compatible with the iPad 2 and the 3rd or 4th generation iPad and is scheduled to be on sale in March for the price of $40.