What it is: The smart toilet can analyze urine to detect health problems before they become more serious.
The future is interconnectivity among previously dumb items. That’s what the Internet of Things is about, linking doors, appliances, and lights to a network that lets you control it and get data from it, and that’s where a smart toilet comes in.
The Japanese have a fascination with toilets and even created a toilet that can analyze your urine to detect health problems. When you think that today’s dumb toilets let urine flush away without deleting possible problems, you realize how dumb both toilets and people can be in wasting all this precious data down the drain.
The Japanese smart toilet analyzes urine and if it detects problems, it can send the data through WiFi to your doctor. Instead of waiting to collect a urine sample to examine when you show up at the doctor’s office, you can have your data transmitted regularly over time so the doctor has far more information to examine. Now the doctor can determine when changes in your urine might have begun and armed with other data collected from any other passive devices you may be wearing (such as an Apple Watch), the doctor can make more accurate diagnosis for your problems.
Passive health monitoring by a toilet might seem odd, but that’s the future of tomorrow’s health care. When our smart watches and toilets can store and relay health data without any activity on our part, the data will be collected on a timely, accurate basis. Such objective data will allow people to monitor their health far more effectively than ever before. The real killer app of wearable computers is health tracking.
Intelligent toilets are just one aspect of health tracking that will become more pervasive over the years. Already insurance companies are offering discounts to people who maintain a healthy lifestyle in return for tracking their data and getting low insurance premiums in return. Toss in a smart toilet and your toilet can help your doctor detect early health problems long before more serious symptoms might occur. Smart toilets can be passive health monitors that take zero added effort to use.
When the world around us can monitor our glucose levels, heart rate, and urine, that can only lead to a healthier population. When a toilet can be a valuable aid to a doctor, that’s the time to realize the world really has changed in ways that we may never thought about just a few years ago. Science fiction isn’t just fantasy. It’s reality, but it’s coming disguised in something as simple as a toilet.