The toilet used to be one of those rare private spaces, free from invasive technological intrusions. But it seems that that’s no longer the case. A toilet could soon become your doctor and personal lifestyle advisor. Meet smart toilets!
The smart toilet market has been on the rise for the past few years. And it seems that the technology is getting more and more sophisticated. Coprata, a sampling technology company, and other academic labs are developing a toilet that uses artificial intelligence to analyze waste. This allows the toilet to act as a health monitoring tool that analyzes waste and other physical parameters. It can then use that information to update you and your doctor about potential health issues through a designated app.
Izen, a Korean toilet manufacturer, has also developed a technology that can identify different users of a toilet by unique biometrics.
In this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Japanese company Toto presented a toilet device that uses sensor trackers to detect not only your health problems but also emotional conditions. It can also give you lifestyle and health suggestions.
All these innovations sound beneficial, but, like all internet-of-things devices, problems could arise if cybercriminals or data hoarders get involved.
Health is a really sensitive matter — and that means the data associated with it could be valuable to a lot of different people.
Hackers may target the apps connected to your smart toilet, stealing your data or even altering it so your doctor receives the wrong information. And even if the app isn’t hacked directly, the company that handles your data could still be the victim of a data breach.
It’s not just criminals you have to worry about, either. There’s always a possibility that health data can be sold by companies to advertisers and partners. It’s easy to imagine the targeted advertising that corporations could engage in if they have access to your real-time health data.
If you use IoT devices, here are some tips on how to make them safer:
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