Toilet of the future? You might want to sit down for this

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Despite its relatively staid presence in industrialized regions like the United States and Western Europe, the toilet could stand a technological makeover.

Three up-and-coming industrial designers may have found just the thing that the modern toilet needs to remain abreast of technological innovation, as they recently demonstrated with an award-winning prototype for a new kind of toilet that subtly reconfigures the user’s posture while providing a plethora of biometric feedback.

In honor of World Toilet Day last month, three students from Central St Martin’s College at the University of Arts London — Sam Sheard, Pierre Papet, and Victor Johansson — took part in a competition that was put on by the U.K.-based plumbing company Dyno-Rod Drains. The objective? To design “the toilet of the future” and help “raise awareness on how we can upgrade the current 130 year old flush toilet to one that benefits our health and the environment.”

Their winning prototype, the “wellbeing toilet,” introduces many high-tech innovations to the modern can — Johansson and Papet said that it could eventually be used to analyze a user’s waste to monitor for health defects such as diabetes or kidney diseases, and could even provide information about nutritional deficiencies or pregnancy.

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