Summary: Researchers are working on a wave of sophisticated devices for the home, from toilets that screen for viruses to a ‘Roomba on steroids’ that might detect your TV remote in the couch
Original author and publication date: Benoit Morenne – July 2, 2021
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: AI will soon takeover our homes, hopefully, Jetson’s style.
From the article;
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Toilets that screen for disease
Analyzing poop is an important way to prevent and diagnose gastrointestinal diseases, but the taboo around collecting it can make screening challenging, according to a 2014 study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Smart toilets could help change that.
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a prototype toilet that uses an artificial intelligence-trained camera to track the form of feces and monitor the color and flow of urine. A “lab-on-a-chip” device built into the toilet will analyze micro stool samples to detect viruses like Covid-19 and blood, says Seung-min Park, the lead researcher on the project. This digital diary could yield valuable health insights and facilitate early, noninvasive diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome or colorectal cancer, Dr. Park says.
An app would allow users to track health parameters. The toilet could identify individual users by scanning their anus’ unique characteristics, or anal print. Dr. Park says his team has signed an agreement with Izen, a Korean toilet maker, to manufacture the toilet. A unit would cost between $300 and $1,000.
Scientists at Duke University are also developing a toilet that collects and analyzes waste, but after it has been flushed. The system, which uses AI-powered cameras and biochemical sensors, is more complex to install but preserves the user’s privacy and could allow health authorities to monitor wastewater for pathogens such as Covid-19 at the building or even neighborhood scale, says Sonia Grego.