Medic, Inc. (Provo, UT)

An analytical method using a toilet is explained. The toilet comprises the bowl that is used to collect excreta, a mechanism that uses the consumable to analyze a sample of excreta, a structure for storing the consumable sensors that detect at least one property in the consumable and a processor which emits an alert when the property is not in line with a specified parameter. The sensor can detect at minimum one property which determines the authenticity, quantity supply, and quality of the item.

Due to the absence of data regarding personal health, it is difficult to keep track of an individual’s health and overall well-being. Many diagnostic tools are based upon tests and examination of excreta however the high price of frequent doctor’s visits and/or scans means that these options are available only on a frequent and limited basis. These tools aren’t readily available for people who want to track their personal health.

Toilets are an excellent area to spot sensors that can detect, analyze and track trends in multiple health conditions. The placement of sensors in such a area allows for passive observation and tracking on a regularbasis of daily visits without the requirement of going to an medical facility for the gathering samples and information. Monitoring changes over time for health conditions supports continual wellness monitoring and maintenance , rather than waiting for symptoms toappear and become severe enough to make a person take care. Then it is possible that preventative care will be ruled out as a possibility leaving only more intrusive and potentially less effective curative treatments. A pound of prevention is better than a pound of treatment.

One type of health detection, analysis, and tracking is that of excreta. There are many types of consumables used in processing and analyzing excreta, such as reagents and additives. Consumables used for cleaning and sterilizing test environments are bleach, soaps, and abrasive media. There are many products that aid in a person’s wellbeing and health, including the ones used in treatment. They include cleanser, soaps, lotions and ointments, as well as other items that can be applied.

A toilet with a tank that holds flush water is an instance of a toilet which holds something to be used later within the toilet (the function is to rinse the toilet bowl and flush the bowl’s contents into the sewer or the septic system). The reservoirs are typically filled with pipes for water supply, for example, those connected to municipal water supplies. A mechanically controlled valve is situated between the pipe to the reservoir. The float in the tank increases with water level , and the force of water pushing against the float closes the valve. The level of water can decrease over time due to the leak, flush or evaporation, among other causes. The float falls and the valve is opened as the tank’s water level drops. Occasionally, a toilet bowl cleaner tablet or another item that has cleaning additives put into the reservoir tank, so that cleaning agents dissolve or leak from the tablet into the water to additionally clean the bowl as a part of a flushed event. Such tablets and solid cleaning additives can work maintenance free for many flushes, often lasting weeks or months before needing to be replaced (the FAQ for the Clorox tablet claims it lasts 3 months with up to 10 flushes a day ented/).

A few examples of smart toilets and other bathroom equipment are included in the following U.S. patents and Published Applications: U.S. Pat. No. No. No. No. 10.123,784, entitled “In In Situ Specimen Collector Receptacle In A Toilet and Being In Communication with A The Spectral Analyzer”, U.S. Pat. No. 10,273,674, entitled “Toilet Bowl For Separating Fecal Matter And Urine For Collection And Analysis”; US 2016/0000378,entitled “Human Health Property Monitoring System”; US 2018/0020984, entitled “Method Of Monitoring Health While Using A Toilet”; US 2018/0055488, entitled “Toilet Volatile Organic Compound Analysis System For Urine”; US 2018/0078191, entitled “MedicalToilet For Collecting And Analyzing Multiple Metrics”; US 2018/0140284, entitled “Medical Toilet With User Customized Health Metric Validation System”; US 2018/0165417, entitled “Bathroom Telemedicine Station.” The disclosures in all of the patents and applications are included by reference in their entireties.

The disclosure provides an analytical toilet in the first aspect. A bowl is included for the collection of excreta. The toilet is also equipped with a method for analysing excreta samples, a storage system that stores the consumable, a sensor detects the characteristics of the consumable, and a processor that generates alerts when the property exceeds the threshold set by. The property that the sensor detects can be utilized to determine one of the identity of the consumable thequantity or supply of the consumable, or a property that is related to the quality of the consumable.

In a second aspect the disclosure provides an approach using the analytical toilet that can detect the properties of the consumable and then send an alert with details regarding the property. The signal’s information is compared to a predetermined threshold and an alert is issued when the property falls outside the parameters that are predetermined.

Further details and embodiments are shown in the drawings above as well as a detailed description and claim.

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