Sanjiv Gambhir and his colleagues have debuted a unique smart toilet concept that will have long-term implications for health. Published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the innovation consists of a mountable and modular system that is "capable of monitoring a person’s health by analyzing their urine and poop." This data is later uploaded to the could and could be used for detecting diseases and other health problems in a continuous manner.
Since washroom facilities—even smart toilet concepts like this one—have the potential to be used by more than one person, Gambhir and his team have installed a flush lever with a fingerprint scanner and added a camera on the inside of the bowl that can "identify people by remembering their idiosyncratic buttholes." This information is not accessible to neither toilet user nor medical professionals, however, in order to preserve privacy.
Image Credit: Seung-min Park et al., 2020/Nature Biomedical Engineering