This blog is to share some of my work in the development of a practical joke - I'm going to capture the IR signal of a Toto toilet so that I can control its operation remotely! Apparently we are losing the advanced technology war with Japan as they seem to have digitized it. Check out this Wikipedia link.
Anyway here's a photo of what a high tech toilet looks like. The remote control on the wall allows you to flush the toilet, spray water (bidet) in various modes and locations, air dry and even control the temperature of the seat!
Notice the little black squares on both the toilet and the wall mounted control panel.
Behind them are the Infrared Light Emitting Diodes that the toilet uses for communication. The black plastic apparently acts as a filter to reduce the influence of full spectrum light on the IR sensors.