Could a toilet become your new doctor?
Japan has long been a leader in toilet technology with their automatic toosh-cleaning jets and accompanying drying systems, but now, a new technology brings the toilet closer to science fiction for the rest of us.
Introducing a toilet that monitors your health when you do your morning business.
The ToiletSense analyses a sample of your urine every time you pee to tell you if you’re drinking enough water, getting enough vitamins or drinking too much alcohol. Analysis of your ‘number 2′ provides even more information, including if you are getting enough nutrients in your food and detecting early warning signs of illness.
The brilliant part about the design of the ToiletSense is that all of this analysing and data testing goes on in the background. It looks and works just like any other ‘low tech’ toilet and doesn’t feel at all clinical or technical.
Your computed health information is transmitted wirelessly to your mobile device or a separate small screen which you can keep in the bathroom, or place in the kitchen, where it will give you friendly reminders of what you should be eating and drinking for optimum health.
Dr. Wills says that installation of the devices could have broader reaching health benefits for users:
“On top of everything else, it provides an important reminder to people that ‘you are what you eat’. When people realise that their health levels are largely dependent on what they put into their body, it encourages them to make smarter choices about what they eat and drink…”
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