We have heard about different creative and innovative Health Monitoring tools, but a smart toilet was something anyone expected. And this smart toilet isn’t like other smart tools that do their own things, so you can’t ask this toilet to lift its own lid. But this new technology packed smart toilet can detect diseases present in stools and urines including colorectal and urologic cancers. This weird but convenient toilet was the vision of Sanjiv Gambhir, professor and chair of radiology at Stanford University and his colleagues. And it has already completed its first testing where 21 participants gave their reviews on this toilet. This health monitoring tool uses motion sensing to implement a combination of tests measuring the health of each deposit. Samples of urine are subjected to physical and molecular analysis whereas measurement of stools is based on physical properties. The toilet automatically sends the extracted data from any sample to a free, cloud-based safekeeping system.
No one would want to sit on a thing that looks like an X-Ray machine so Gambhir designed it in such a way that it works as an add-on—a piece of technology that’s readily integrated into any old porcelain bowl. In this smart-toilet video collects samples of both urine and feces, and processes them through a variety of algorithms. The algorithms, among other parameters, can differentiate normal “urodynamics” (flow rate, stream time, and total volume) and stool consistencies from abnormal ones.
It also measures certain molecular features such as White blood cell count, consistent blood contamination, certain levels of proteins, and more can point to a spectrum of diseases, from infection to bladder cancer to kidney failure. This smart toilet can detect diseases and is capable of measuring 10 different biomarkers. The most important feature of this tool is that it has a built-in identification system. Each sample is identified through the flush lever that reads fingerprints. This has been done because the main motto of this toilet is to provide individualized health feedback.
Gambhir and his team are continuing to improve the smart toilet, concentrating on a few things: increasing the number of participants, incorporating molecular features into stool analysis, and improving already functioning technologies.