At this risk of sounding a bit smug, this tablet-like device is most likely not what you think it is. The Sigma80 is, in the language of the wall-hung toilet world, an actuator plate; in other words, it's a flushing mechanism. But unlike the typical push-button models, this offers completely touch-free operation. Waving a hand across either the short or the long light stripe triggers a half- or a full-flush, respectively. A winner of this year's iF Product Design Award, it was developed by Tribecraft. geberit.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.