Your next toilet can take pictures of your anus and upload them to the cloud, for good reason.

A new smart toilet design would allow us to record usage and analyze our habits, including analysis of urine, feces, and even photographs of the anus. That information would be uploaded to the cloud for analysis.

Said that way, it seems somewhat exaggerated, although it makes all the sense in the world. At the end of the day, defecating and urinating are those acts that we don't think about much until they become a real problem; why not act sooner if possible?

In the same way that the Internet of Things has made our life easier and safer, it can also improve our toilet experience; and incidentally, even save our lives and even detect possible health problems among the population.

The toilet that takes photos

The expectations of the creators of this smart toilet are high, but it is that the device itself does not skimp on technology. The Precision Health Toilet includes no less than four chambers, which point to and collect information from different parts of the excretion process.

Although without a doubt, the most innovative and at the same time the most controversial is the "camera of the year", which does exactly what its name indicates: it takes a photo of us in that part where the sun never shines.

The smart toilet and all built-in cameras Sanjiv S. Gambhir / Nature Biomedical Engineering Omicrono

But the really curious thing is that the photo is not taken simply to get more information, but as part of the authentication method; and is that if the whole family shares the toilet, as usual, we want to associate the analyzes with a specific member.

To do this, there is a fingerprint reader built into the lever, which works in conjunction with the camera of the anus to identify the user. The photo taken from our anus is then uploaded to the cloud, where it is analyzed to verify that it really is the right person and to associate the data of the rest of the scanners.

Pay off?

Speaking of which, this toilet has three more chambers, two of them dedicated to urine flow and one dedicated to feces. Combined, they are able to analyze and classify toilet use, using machine learning.

Data obtained with the smart toilet Sanjiv S. Gambhir / Nature Biomedical Engineering Omicrono

Now, is it worth it to take a photo every time we use the toilet to have those benefits? The creators of this concept promise to ensure the security of all photos with point-to-point encryption, and that once the algorithm is developed, human interaction will not be necessary. However, if the Internet of Things has taught us all these years, it is that sooner or later something goes wrong.