Homes of the future will be able to tell if you’re ill by analysing your poo

Smart technologies will be able to tell how ill people are by analysing their poo, according to experts speaking at Smart Home Week.

The comments come from futurist, Tom Cheesewright, who marked the start of Smart Home Week by analysing the technologies set to transform the ways in which we live.

Cheesewright states that smart technology in toilets will be able to examine waste to tell how healthy a person is. He predicts that in 50 years’ time, homes will be able to gain so much information about a person due to smart technology engaging with peoples’ biometric data.

A technology developer’s biggest challenge currently is keeping smart devices powered, either with rechargeable batteries or a mains connection.

However, Cheesewright believes that battery technology is set to improve within the next decade.

“Three other waves of tech will have been completed in 50 years. Wave one is that the need to have a battery, or a mains power connection, will have gone away.

We’ll have extraordinarily small, high capacity batteries, charged by picking up ambient radio waves. It won’t be just appliances that are smart in your home, just about everything you buy will be smart in 50 years. Clothes, shoes, your toilet roll – literally everything.” He said.

A survey of 2,000 homeowners, produced as part of Smart Home Week, found that 43% of Brits current have some form of smart technology in their homes. More so, 63% see themselves increasing the amount of smart devices over the next year.

However, homeowners have concerns about the security of their smart devices, especially if their entire house depends on them.

Cheesewright also believes that AI will be tailored to each user in something he called ‘The new personal digital assistant’.

He said: “Imagine a voice assistant, owned by you and operating on your behalf. One that knows you so well because it picks up on your health data, it picks up on your social graph, it knows where you’ve been – it literally knows you inside out.”

Lastly, Cheesewright believes that that rise of augmented and mixed reality will feature heavily in peoples’ lives.

“The third wave is augmented or mixed reality, which will also tie in to this. I think the next natural interface is mixed reality like the movie Ready Player One, where people spend most of their time in a Virtual Reality world – probably lived in 10 hours a day.

“For the most part, things will just happen around you automatically, through a combination of your biometrics and possession of your devices. As you come home from work, your home knows you’re approaching.

“The temperature is set appropriately, it knows your emotional state, it knows how hungry you are and when you last ate, it knows what your plans for the evening are, it knows what TV shows you like and whether new episodes have been released.

“It will even know what you’ve got in the fridge and will suggest recipes based on your ingredients, perhaps even switching on the oven to pre-heat it for you.” Cheesewright said.

Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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