“Smart” toilet with useful functions
The invention of American scientists was described in the publication New Atlas. It is reported that the appearance of a “smart” toilet does not differ from the usual one — in fact, it is a seat stuffed with electronics, from which there are wires to other parts of the toilet. For example, a fingerprint scanner is built into the tank drain button. When a person goes to the toilet, he must put his finger on it and let the toilet and the doctors know that everything that comes out of it now belongs to him, and no one else. If a person is very ill and can’t touch the button, the toilet uses the camera to recognize their identity by the shape of the anal opening. The developers have not yet told how patients will register their “fingerprint”. However, it’s good to imagine it and know it, and I don’t really want to.
Interesting fact: Professor Sanjiv gambir admits that this sounds very strange, but he is sure that the shapes of our anal holes are unique, just like fingerprints and retinal patterns
In addition to identity recognition, the camera is needed to capture video of the strength of the urine stream and the density of the human stool. Their composition is immediately determined using materials installed in the toilet bowl that react to the presence of certain substances. So, with the help of physical and chemical properties, it is possible to detect the development of kidney failure, irritable bowel syndrome and even prostate cancer in a person. The camera will probably not need to be replaced, but the test strips that are sensitive to various substances will probably need to be updated regularly.
How are tests checked?
While we’re on the subject of testing tests, let’s look at how this all happens on the example of human urine samples. When we take tests, the hospital staff examines their physical and chemical properties. Here’s what they pay most attention to:
the color of a healthy person’s urine is colored in different shades of yellow. If it has a dark hue, it means that the patient may have an inflamed liver. The red hue indicates the presence of kidney injuries;
the transparency of the urine should be high, because the cloudy liquid indicates an excess of salts and mucous secretions — these are also signs of the presence of liver, kidney and other organs;
the smell of a healthy person’s urine is unpleasant, but not sharp. Sometimes the liquid may smell like ammonia and this is a clear sign of an infectious disease;
sediment in the urine can be formed due to an excess of proteins and salts, and their large amount is characteristic of diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract;
the amount of urine is also important, because the body of a healthy person releases a maximum of 2 liters of liquid daily. If a person has diabetes, the amount of liquid released can reach 8 liters.
When analyzing feces, doctors also pay attention to the physical and chemical properties. Color, composition, and other properties may indicate the presence or absence of certain diseases. Only doctors can figure this out, but if there is blood in a person’s stool, there is nothing good about it.
Medicine of the future
In principle, it turns out that the toilet created by American scientists is a medical laboratory at home. It is reported that the information received will be collected anonymously and transmitted to doctors through secure networks. Patients themselves are unlikely to be able to find out information about their tests, because they are able to view them and start searching for symptoms of diseases on the Internet. And then there may be self-treatment of unconfirmed diseases, which can cause real harm to their health.
The cost of a “smart” toilet is unknown, because it is unlikely to be ready for sale in stores yet. To find out whether their invention will be in demand, scientists conducted a survey among 300 people. According to 15% of respondents, a high-tech toilet can be very useful for some patients, and 37% said that this idea is very interesting. The rest of the respondents, apparently, did not appreciate the idea of American scientists very well.
In General, the invention may well find a buyer. For example, people with chronic diseases and patients who can’t leave their homes may be interested in it. They will be able to be constantly monitored by doctors who will be able to prescribe medicines to people at the very beginning of the development of diseases. Also, the toilet can be purchased by hospital managers, because it will be much easier to monitor the condition of patients.