Toilet Microphone Sensor to Listen To Sounds Of Farts, Urination, and Defecation to Detect Disease

By: | December 12th, 2022

The sensor in use over a toilet. (Image Credit Maia Gatlin)

There are a lot of smart home devices for your kitchen, bedroom, or living room but there is none for your toilet. Why? Well…the answer is quite obvious!

There are some places in your house where you want to be left alone. Still, the bathroom holds a lot of potential for smart technology, but it has to be the right technology.

Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a device that can diagnose diseases by listening to sounds in your toilet. The device uses artificial intelligence (AI) to look for subtle changes in the noise made during defecation, urination, or flatulence.

How machine-learning was used to detect diseases in the bowel?

Researchers built a database with hours of audio and video samples of excretions from healthy and sick persons to establish a baseline and build the machine-learning algorithm.

The different types of excretion create different sounds due to changes in the tracts like the urethra and the rectum.

Smart toilet to monitor users for multiple signs of illness without having to be examined in a medical facility

Once the device picks up the sound waves, it is fed into the AI device for analysis which then spots discrepancies in sounds pointing to health issues.   

David Ancalle, the lead researcher from Georgia Tech University who helped make the device said: ‘We’re trying to find a non-invasive way where people can get a notification on whether or not they should go get checked out. Like “Hey, your urine is not flowing at the rate that it should. Your farts are not sounding the way they should. You should check it out.”’, 

Nidhi Goyal

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

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