Engineers from Stanford University designed a toilet that incorporates pressure and motion sensors and video cameras.
Engineers from Stanford University (USA) have designed a “smart toilet” that can detect diseases in the urine and feces of users.
In an article published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, those responsible for the study describe the mechanism as a set of hardware and software, which can be installed in standard toilets to track biomarkers of health and disease in the stool.
The experts, led by Dr. Sanjiv Gambhir of Stanford University, said that the use of this technology would make it possible to repeatedly measure a person’s health status in a non-invasive and inexpensive way, which would facilitate disease prevention and more accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Until now, the researchers noted, most technologies used to monitor a person’s health often do not produce data that can be processed and are loosely integrated into clinical trials.
This toilet incorporates pressure and motion sensors, and video cameras to analyze the flow of urine and its basic biochemical composition.
In addition, it has machine vision and auto-learning algorithms to classify feces on a clinical scale according to their morphology and liquidity, and it has biometric identification through a fingerprint scanner installed in the toilet chain.