A great deal of people are at least slightly disgusted by the idea of touching the seat of a shared toilet, making a design like the Elevar Toilet rather appealing. This is a latrine that allows you to open it up and shut it once more with the use of two pedals and a single finger.
For anyone preferring to sit down on the john, he'll simply need to push his foot down onto the left pedal beneath the toilet bowl. This will lift only the lid and leave the ring-shaped seat in place. To raise both up, the user can press down on both pedals and every component will open up and lock into place. Luke Woodard's Elevar Toilet requires a push of a button to flush, which automatically closes the cover again.