Dr. Rich Sapienza is a man of broad interest and energies. He is a thinker and a dreamer; a person who likes to imagine what the future could hold for this planet. Every now and then I get an email from him containing a few words about something he is thinking about or something that caught his attention. Since we all like bathroom stories and fart jokes I thought I’d share this one.
“You just went to the toilet and that triggered an automatic email informing you that your health insurance went up. Next you ask for and receive a personalized doctor’s prescription, on your iPhone, to remedy whatever ailment is bothering you. Then you plug an appropriate device into your iPhone and monitor or evaluate your recovery. All historic data on your health is accessible by your doctor, your health insurer and most relevant, to you. So just how far off is this future vision? Toto, short for Tōyō Tōki (Oriental Ceramics), is a Japanese toilet manufacturer that designed the Intelligence Toilet II. This toilet analyzes our excreta and records data like weight, BMI, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. It even has a sample catcher in the bowl to obtain urine samples, which for instance can used to predict pregnancies. This information is then sent to your PC, showing your vital health stats.”