The focus of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is, as the name implies, electronics aimed at consumers of all kinds. Computers, hardware and TVs go hand in hand with white goods. At the same time, technology is taking up more and more space in protecting our health, something that Toto takes hold of with a toilet.
The bathroom specialists Toto’s toilet is called Wellness Toilet and is currently a concept that they plan to bring to market within the next few years. Unlike other electronics with a focus on exercise, Wellness Toilet must also be able to provide dietary advice. Sensors analyze the user’s feces and urine, in order to give advice on how to improve your general health.
We cannot disclose everything. But what I can explain is that in this wellness toilet concept, we are going to utilize multiple sensing technologies to detect health-related information. For example, stress and fitness level, and body conditions. We are going to collect multiple health data from sensing technologies. – Toto
After you have drawn a drill or exhausted excrement, the result is displayed in an app on the phone, where you get health advice. These can range from vitamin deficiencies to not getting enough fiber. Not only this, the throne must also be able to analyze a person’s physical and mental health. It is thus conceivable that it could detect diseases before symptoms broke out.
The real challenge this whole area faces is how do we bring the technology that exists in academic research laboratories into the toilet environment in a way that’s going to be able to provide the same type of — or good enough — data at a price that that people could afford … That’s where the real challenge is, and it’s not clear to me that Toto has figured out how to solve that either. – Joshua Coon på University of Wisconsin
Professor Joshua Coon at the University of Wisconsin, who researched metabolism and human waste, says that Toto has undertaken a major challenge with the concept mug. He believes that it is difficult to get a product that delivers results that reach, or come close enough to, a lab analysis and at the same time keep down the cost to suit ordinary consumers.
Toto is not alone in trying to crack the code by analyzing feces. Several companies and startups work on the same thing. Including the health company Seed, which together with the AI company Auggi is working on compiling a database of excrement. The founder of Toi Labs, a startup with similar ambitions as Toto, says that it is difficult to get reliable results and that building the toilet of the future is not as easy as you might think.
But Joshua Coon is hopeful. He does not think it is “not science fiction” to be able to give health advice through analysis of human feces.
Can you imagine a porcelain throne that analyzes your intestinal emptying and gives health advice?
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