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Toilets to give health checks by 2050, report says

19 November 2019

By 2050, toilets will use sophisticated technology that will offer complete health check MOTs, helping people anticipate harmful diseases and deficiencies from human waste to improve life longevity, according to a new report.

Results will be cleverly projected via a hologram in front of people’s eyes, with suggested lifestyle changes. 

The report from British Futurist James Wallman, and commissioned by toilet hygiene brand Bloo, looks at how the toilet will evolve over the next 30 years, and in particular how it will support sustainability and good health by 2050. It has been launched to coincide with World Toilet Day (19 November) and the launch of ProNature, Bloo's new toilet rim block that has 100% recycled plastic basket.

The 30-page future report reveals that the toilet will come to support people’s immune systems by analysing the contents of the toilet bowl, to check vitamin and sugar levels; anticipate potential diseases; flag any deficiencies - and when a person needs a checkup at the doctor. Results will also be shared with people’s insurance companies to help lower (or increase) their rates, based on their lifestyle choices. The MOT ‘Health Checker’ system will feature voice recognition, so people will effectively be able to talk with their toilet about their results. 

The toilet seat will be able to check heart pulse rates and blood pressure from the electrical and mechanical of the heart taken from the seat itself. In regards to checking sugar and vitamin levels; diseases and viruses etc, smart sensors in the toilet bowl will be able to check faeces and urine, and even urine flow.

Futurist James Wallman said: “The 2050 research and report reveals the toilet will offer the ultimate tech-enabled personalised experienced. With the average consumer currently spending on average three years in a lifetime on the toilet, by 2050, this will feel like time even better spent as the toilet becomes a key tool to improve life longevity.

He added: "With GPs being pressed for time, the 'MOT Health Check Toilet' will help give a whole new meaning to people 'paying a visit'. Although people will still need to visit their doctors, it will save hours of time, as toilets will soon give health updates from checking people's temperature to their sugar levels. This is all from the comfort of their toilet making it the best seat in the house."