Yes, smart technology is making its way in every aspect of our life. However, technology like smart wearable and smartphones can only go so far. These devices often do not have access to in-depth information about us. So perhaps, smart toilets are the way to better monitor health.
This is what scientists at Wisconsin-Madison and Morgridge Institute of Research believe. They conducted urine tests using smart toilets over a 10-day period. They also tested samples using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to find out if testing can be done on a mass-level.
Their results are promising. The scientists also found insights on nutritional habits of these individuals. Furthermore, they also found insightful answers to daily exercise, heart rates, and sleep patterns using wearable technology. The subjects also kept a record of their alcohol and coffee consumption.
Potential of Public Urine Testing Platforms
This helped the research team discover a remarkable health fingerprint that follows that intertwines the nuts and bolts of daily life. And, this should not be surprising really!
Urine is known to be a rich source of medical information. Urine testing can promise insights into metabolic links to over 600 human conditions. Moreover, it can also provide insights into medication use, exercise, nutritional habits, and other lifestyle choices. So, this research can provide answers to cheap-daily medical check-ups for chronic illnesses like cancers, diabetes, and kidney disease in the near future.
The research published in the Nature journal npj Digital Medicine. As expected, the researchers were delighted with their findings. According to Coon, the author of the study, it is easy to take these measurements in labs. However, the new smart technologies also promise new methods of testing. The real challenge according to him is engineering new smart solutions to make these instruments simpler and cost-effective. According to him, this will make or break the potential of this research.