‘Smart Toilet’ Helps In Tracking Cancer and Other Serious Diseases

By: | April 10th, 2020

The smart toilet automatically sends data extracted from any sample to a secure, cloud-based system for safekeeping. James Strommer

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a smart toilet capable of detecting early warning signs of many diseases. According to the researchers, smart toilet detects cancer and other serious diseases through ‘anal print’ using artificial intelligence (AI).  The research is published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.  

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For using this gadget, you don’t need to build a new toilet. The gadget fits inside a regular porcelain toilet bowl. The gadget has an upward-facing camera, test strips, and AI for analyzing feces and urine as it passes through.

The samples are subjected to a physical and molecular examination to identify warning signs of up to ten diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  

Dr Sanjiv Gambhir, a professor at Stanford University, said, “We know it seems weird, but as it turns out, your anal print is unique. The scans – both finger and nonfinger – are used purely as a recognition system to match users to their specific data.”

Professor Gambhir added, “The thing about a smart toilet is that, unlike wearables, you can’t take it off. Everyone uses the bathroom — there’s really no avoiding it — and that enhances its value as a disease-detecting device.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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