Has wearable tech had its moment in fitness? Not quite, but new technology is beginning to emerge, and it’s backed by research from the European Space Agency (ESA).
There is a huge amount of health information that is simply flushed into the sewers
That’s because a new, high-tech lavatory could be tracking every, ahem, movement you have in the bathroom.
Introducing the ‘FitLoo’, a new toilet that is capable of screening human waste for early signs of illness and disease.
Researchers at the European Space Agency (ESA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have partnered with sanitation experts to create the new smart toilet technology.
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Still with us? Great. Already used by astronauts aboard the ISS, the FitLoo screens urine for the presence of extra proteins and glucose, alongside detecting fluctuations in levels of the substances and other markers that can be a red flag when it comes to cancer and diabetes symptoms.
Once gathered, the data from the FitLoo can be ‘beamed’ to a smartphone or to your GP to help better assess patient health.
“At the moment people only go to the doctor when they are sick. We do not listen to our bodies enough, but the toilet is listening every time we use it,” said Michael Lindenmayer, digital health and smart sanitation lead at the Toilet Board Coalition. “There is a huge amount of health information that is simply flushed into the sewers every time we go.”
Think Japanese-level toilet tech, but on steroids. Firms like Toto and Mastushita have manufactured WiFi-enabled toilets featuring BMI measurements, protein detection, flow rate and temperature of urine.
It doesn’t end there. Even scientists at Stanford University are taking a seat — a colour-changing paper test that, when used with a smartphone camera, can detect disease and spot signs of a UTI. Combined, all of this makes the bathroom a considerably more interesting place to be in the near future. Just don’t ditch your Apple Watch or Fitbit just yet.