$6.9 Million 'Smart Toilet' Analyzes 'Analprint'

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While internet memes poked fun at China’s anal-swab COVID-19 testing, one U.S. Senator examined federally funded backside research here at home.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) highlighted a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded “smart toilet” as part of his annual federal government waste report.

Stanford University researcher Seung-min Park wrote that the notion of an “analprint” was observed by artist Salvador Dali, who found, Park said, that “the anus has 35 or 37 creases, which are as unique as fingerprints.”

Building on that observation, the researcher and his colleagues built their “mountable toilet systems” using funds from a $6.97 million NCI grant to Stanford.

Equipped with artificial intelligence and three cameras, one to identify the user’s “analprint,” the toilet analyzes a user’s urine color and flow rate and classifies the user’s stool to measure their health. The data goes not down the sewer, but up to a secure internet cloud.

OpenTheBooks.com reported on another smart-toilet grant from the federal government, this one to Bender Tech, Inc. An additional $55,000 was added to their initial NIH grant of $142,309 for a “smart toilet and mobile app.” Then, the National Science Foundation joined their potty party with a new $1 million grant for an internet-connected toilet that can do “passive urinalysis testing.”

The #WasteOfTheDay is presented by the forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com.

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