World’s First Rotating Bathtub

RotoBATH is an easier and safer alternative to conventional bathtubs, employing an almost futuristic design that resembles a pod and cradle. It is primarily focused on enabling safe bathing for the elderly or those suffering from mobility difficulties, designed to offer both comfort and safety to the user.

RotoBATH consists of an independently rotating pod with a stationary bath chair built inside. This allows the bathtub to mechanically rotate from a vertical to a horizontal position, with rotation functions all pre-programmed before use. Users can simply walk into the unit, then allow the outer capsule to rotate and form a conventional bathtub.

A user can directly walk into the unit and remain seated, using the pair of barrier gates situated on either side of the pod that would be automatically extended outwards as grab bars. Once the user is seated comfortably at a reclined angle in the inner “cradle” of the RotoBATH, the outer tub portion of the device will rotate from a vertical to a horizontal position, to resemble a standard bathtub, all without the user needing to move.

Once in position, either warm or cold water can now begin filling the tub. After the bath, the water is drained and the unit will return to its starting position, allowing the user to directly exit the device.

Key Features:

  • Easy to enter/exit
    • RotoBATH’s rotating design allows a user to simply walk in/out of the bathtub, instead of stepping over a tub wall.
  • Mobility
    • RotoBATH is fully mobile and can be moved into any part of the household or easily transported by vehicle. It allows the user the freedom to take a bath anywhere, even by their bedside.
  • Installation Flexibility
    • As long as there is an electricity and water supply, RotoBATH can be installed there permanently. Without a water supply, internal/external water storage tanks can be used instead as a temporary measure.
  • Non-slip flooring
    • The base of the drawbridge cover and the internal floor of RotoBATH is covered with non-slip materials ensuring the user keeps a steady footing.
  • Cradle bath seat
    • RotoBATH’s internal cradle is in the form of a bath seat, improving safety during the bathing process.
  • Keeping the user warm
    • RotoBATH can direct warm water to cascade down the user’s neck and body, or alternatively, nozzles built within the tub wall interior can spray warm water. This provides the user with instant warmth and the resultant water will be used to fill up the tub. Post-bath, while waiting for the water to be emptied, the user can activate warm air to flow out from the bottom of the bath seat to prevent exposure to the cold while waiting for the door to open.
  • LED lighting
    • RotoBATH is installed with LED lighting to illuminate the interior of the bath device, improving visibility and safety during low light conditions.
  • Communication Device
    • Located on the wall next to the user when the RotoBATH is in its bathing position are controls, speakers, and a microphone that are connected to the built-in wireless communication device which enables users to communicate with caregivers and family members while taking their baths.
  • Emergency features
    • Temperature limiting to prevent overly cold or hot water from being supplied.
    • Panic button/handle to swiftly empty the pod of water and reset it to a vertical position.
    • Wi-Fi-connected alert system to automatically ping family members/caregivers in case of emergency.
    • Infrared sensors at the entrance of the device for fall detection would trigger the same alert system.

Water Storage Containers

In the event that the device has to be carted to a place where there is no water outlet, the water storage container which is located at the back of the device can be pre-filled before the device is relocated. Alternatively, if a user would prefer having more water on hand, they can fill up a few external water storage containers which are designed to click on to the side of the bath device, available as an optional peripheral.

To ease maintenance of the bathing unit, external water storage containers are easily replaceable with standalone parts.

Green Considerations

RotoBATH is designed to be environmentally friendly by reducing water usage and wastage. Outfitted with an efficient membrane water filter that can clean and filter used bathwater, this allows the same water to be reused several times if needed—such as in the event of a water rationing—without sacrificing hygiene. In order to make it more convenient for users, RotoBATH also comes with a self-cleaning function whereby liquid detergent (produced from an eco-friendly antibacterial essential oil) will spray out from small nozzles within the tub wall interior.

Furthermore, RotoBATH’s inbuilt water storage tank requires as little as 30 litres of water for a refreshing bath. Overall, the combination of the water recycling system and the low volume of water required to operate contribute to reduced water usage, keeping water bills low and wastage to a minimum.