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German boffins have taken bog standards to a new low after creating a toilet that can not only talk to you but also measure your weight, pulse and heart rate.

And while the seat is doing its business another device further down is examining the rest of your business, and offering instant feedback on the state of your kidneys.

The toilet, designed by a group of experts in Berlin, Germany, could be a life saver for many who might otherwise be unaware of serious health problems.

The toilet says things like: "You weigh 72 kilos, pulse and ECG normal but you have potential kidney problems. Please get your glucose levels checked."

IT specialist Lars Grossmann, 31, from the Clinpath GmbH IT company in Berlin, developed the toilet together with a team of doctors and engineers located throughout Germany.

Grossmann presented the prototype loo this week - from the outside it looks normal but underneath has a weighing scale. The monitoring technology is in the toilet seat. Sensors measure body temperature and urine is collected in a special dish in the toilet and then analysed by the computer.

Grossmann said: "A mini computer collects numerous data and then analyses it."

The results can be used to tell people to go to the doctors but it is also hoped the toilets could be used in OAP homes and hospitals to save routine work.

Grossmann is unsure when 'Dr Loo' can go on the market. They are currently in contact with various manufacturers, he said.

It is expected to cost 1,300 Euro per piece.

The development was partly funded by the Finance Ministry.

German Herald





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