Engineers all over the world have focused their vast brainpower to overcome one major obstacle—space pooping. The Japanese think they have a solution with their fancy new wearable toilet.
Indeed, this is a far cry from the glorified Depends former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak drove cross country in a couple of years back. These can detect when you relieve yourself, remove the waste with suction and clean you up after each use. They can even eliminate unpleasant sounds and odours.
Unfortunately, the wearable toilet project won't be completed for another five years—but I can see a market for this outside of the space program. It's perfect for the incontinent, elderly and just plain lazy. [Yomiuri via Pink Tentacle]