Can This Smart Toilet Prototype Identify User And Monitor Health By Your ‘Analprint’?
Researchers at Stanford University have created a prototype smart toilet that can identify you with your “analprint”. It is designed to monitor your trip to the toilet. The smart toilet comes with sensors and cameras that collect data about your body waste and detects health issues if any.
The main way the toilet identifies each user is by their analprint, which refers to the anal creases. Additionally, there is a fingerprint scanner on the lever to identify the user. Any data collected is stored in an encrypted cloud server. The research team hopes to have a second prototype in place by year-end. This is aimed to help detect tumor DNA and viral RNA. While it is a part of their wish list, there has been no work on it so far.
It is designed to monitor your bodily waste, identify anything out of the ordinary, and send anything suspicious to your doctor to help detect any health issues before they become severe.
The first study only had males because the fixed angle of the camera would mean that the female genitalia would be captured in addition to the anal region. While this tech might be seen as part of hospital toilets, the team aims to bring this to every house. The only obvious challenge here is the risks to privacy.
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