Even the inventor of the smart toilet is aware of the awkwardness of his device. “When I’d bring it up, people would sort of laugh because it seemed like an interesting idea, but also a bit odd,” said Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Professor at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
Professor Gambhir avoids mentioning the possibility of people finding the idea ludicrous, and he might be right in doing it. Sometimes, to fulfill the purpose, a little reality-denying is recommendable. And Gambhir’s goal was for his device to pass the development phase and make it to the research phase, which it did.
Just 21 individuals participated in the research, and the results were published in the Nature Biomedical Engineering journal. Professor Gambhir worked for 15 years to get here and make his Smart Toilet possible. Its purpose is to monitor health through continuous urine and feces analysis.
The Smart Toilet Identifies Illnesses
The device is a smart toilet appendant able to detect diseases such as infections, bladder cancer, or kidney failure through a series of detectors and test trips. Up to 10 diseases can be traced or identified with the gadget’s help. Smart Toilet is gifted with cameras, test strips, and motion-sensing technology to analyze the deposits. It fits inside the toilet bowl.
After being collected, the data from the urine is being sent to a secure cloud server, and the urine’s elemental biochemical composition is physically and molecularly analyzed. The feces are monitored based on physical parameters.
The next step for the smart toilet is to go to a larger clinical trial to reach the maximum potential it has for health benefits. If you laughed at this article, know that, according to Wikipedia, Professor Gambhir is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in Cancer Research, Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Gambhir, the creator of the smart toilet, is also a professor by courtesy in the departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, the Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection and the Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center.