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Will Toilets of the Future Be Able To Analyze Your Health?

Friday May 25, 2018

Experts predict technology will become so smart, we'll all be sitting on toilets that can tell how fit and healthy we are.

Futurist Tom Cheesewright claims homes could literally save lives, with toilets becoming the new family doctor and having the ability to examine waste as it is made.

In just 50 years' time, homes will be so in tune with the owner they will also be able to tell their mood, TV preferences and even if they're hungry -- due to smart tech engaging with their biometric data.

The information was revealed at the start of the UK's Smart Home Week, which runs May 21-27.

One of the biggest challenges facing tech developers is how to keep smart devices powered. Currently, they either need rechargeable batteries or a connection to the mains.

But Cheesewright believes within a decade we could see that improving, as battery technology makes incredible leaps forward. "Three other waves of tech will have been completed in 50 years. Wave one is that the need to have a battery, or a mains power connection, will have gone away," he says. "We'll have extraordinarily small, high capacity batteries, charged by picking up ambient radio waves. It won't be just appliances that are smart in your home, just about everything you buy will be smart in 50 years. Clothes, shoes, your toilet roll -- literally everything."

The top concern among homeowners according to a recent survey is the security of their smart devices, particularly if their entire house depended on them. The next big shift in home technology is what Cheesewright calls 'The new Personal Digital Assistant,' personal AI tailored to each unique user.

"Imagine a voice assistant, owned by you and operating on your behalf. One that knows you so well because it picks up on your health data, it picks up on your social graph, it knows where you've been -- it literally knows you inside out," says Cheesewright.

"The third wave is augmented or mixed reality, which will also tie into this. I think the next natural interface is mixed reality like the movie Ready Player One, where people spend most of their time in a Virtual Reality world -- probably lived in 10 hours a day," predicts Cheesewright.

"For the most part, things will just happen around you automatically, through a combination of your biometrics and possession of your devices. As you come home from work, your home knows you're approaching. It will even know what you've got in the fridge and will suggest recipes based on your ingredients, perhaps even switching on the oven to pre-heat it for you," he concludes.

The study found nine percent of the average Brit's home is 'smart' -- although 65 percent say they find new tech 'overwhelming'. With this in mind, Smart Home Week was designed to provide advice and information on the range of smart products available.


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