Thursday 19 September 2019

High-tech toilets could soon track your every movement

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Sarah Knapton

The bathroom is the last bastion of privacy, but soon a new high-tech toilet could track your every movement.

Researchers at the European Space Agency and MIT have teamed up with sanitation specialists to create the 'FitLoo', which screens human waste for signs of disease.

Data gathered by the sensors in the toilet bowl could be beamed to the user's mobile phone so they can see how their health is changing or even directly to the GP so they could keep a remote eye on patients.

"The toilet offers an incredible opportunity for people to gain control of their health," said Michael Lindenmayer, digital health and smart sanitation lead at the Toilet Board Coalition, which represents leading toilet manufacturers.

"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.

"There is a huge amount of health information that is simply flushed into the sewers every time we go." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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