Japan Invents A Toilet That Checks Your Health

Attention hypochondriacs! Thanks to Japan (who else?), you can soon forgo frequent visits to the doctors for health check ups. Instead, simply pee into the "Intelligent Toilet" :

Toto's engineers developed a receptacle inside the basin to collect the urine for sugar content and temperature checks, and an armband to monitor blood pressure. The readout is displayed on a wall-mounted computer screen.

"With the current model, your data is sent automatically to your personal computer, and then you can email it to your doctor," said Suzuki.
"In the next generation model, the data will be sent automatically to family members or doctors via the Internet," she told AFP.

The electronic marvel, called the "Intelligence Toilet", is capable of storing the data of up to five different people and retails for 350,000 to 500,000 yen (about 4,100 to 5,850 dollars) in Japan, she said.

Link | Nerve has a few more pics: Link - Thanks Ben!

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In Japan, I used a heated toilet with some kind of readout, but I also used an unadorned slot in the floor. Japan continues to be a land of contrasts.
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This is but the latest in a long line of high tech toilets from the Japanese who seem highly obsessed with this particular set of bodily functions. When I was in Japan almost 20 years ago, you could go to the Akihabara electronics district and find any number of computerized toilets. I don't think I would want to trust the tests from this toilet over official lab test, however.
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