SMART TOILETS: Health monitoring sizes up human waste
September 18, 2021 • 1 min read
-- Cameras and machine learning identify potential health issues
Wearable fitness trackers and watches track your health – smart toilets could be next on the job.
Researchers are testing cameras and other sensors in toilets to measure vital signs, screen for chronic illnesses, and even diagnose Covid-19.
A team at Stanford has lifted the lid on a toilet fitted out with a suite of technologies, including motion sensing and other devices to assess the health of human deposits.
Collected data can be automatically sent for analysis to a digitally-minded healthcare provider of your choice.
But how will sensors identify individual toilet users?
Researchers say that, like fingerprints, everyone has a unique “anal print” (their words).
Stanford has partnered with Korean toilet maker Izen on a prototype ready for clinical trials by the year-end.