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Hi-Tech toilet seat detects kidney disease, diabetes and urinary tract infections


Optical sensors analyze the flow of urine at each visit, to enable early diagnosis

Cutting-edge technology can now scan your urine for early signs of diabetes, chronic kidney disease, bladder cancer, UTIs (urinary tract infections) and dehydration – every time you go to the bathroom.

Sensors fitted to a toilet seat are able to measure the way light reflects off the stream of urine in real time, enabling accurate diagnosis of a range of diseases.

They optically analyze the 3,000 molecules contained in urine, each of which interacts with different frequencies of light.

The Olive KG, a sensor mounted on the toilet. Courtesy

The Israeli startup that developed the technology describes it as the “world’s first device based on AI and spectroscopy” to provide constant, non-invasive monitoring of urine output – an effective alternative to chemical analysis or standard microscopic.

The technology is already being used for elderly patients in assisted living facilities in the Netherlands, where it collects more and more data each time they use the toilet.

“We try to catch diseases before we go to the doctor,” Guy Goldman, CEO of Olive Diagnostics, the company behind the product, told NoCamels.

“We are enabling the medical community to start doing preventative medicine versus reactive medicine.”

Olive embeds a miniature spectrometer — a device that detects and analyzes wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation — into a raised toilet seat.

The Olive KG can detect various diseases by sending light frequencies through falling urine. Courtesy

The device, called the Olive KG, sends 64 light frequencies through urine while it’s in motion, passively detecting molecules and using the data it collects to identify health issues.

The sensor, which can be mounted on any toilet, has lights on one side and a photodiode on the other, which measures the amount of light transferred to it.

The Olive KG detects proteins, red blood cells, nitrates, urine pH and density, as well as other characteristics (volume, pressure, color, frequency).

“Urine regulates the amount of minerals you should have in your body, making it a really good biomarker for detecting a bunch of diseases,” Goldman says.

“People think urine is just waste, but it actually regulates the body. For example, if you have too much sodium, your body gets rid of it through urine.

Guy Goldman, CEO of Olive Diagnostics. Courtesy

The company is currently focused on providing accurate urinalysis – the medical term for urinalysis – for elderly patients, and in particular for their offspring who may be concerned about being dehydrated or sick. contracted an infection.

Goldman lived in London and worried about his mother Karen, at her home in Jerusalem, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and eventually died of dehydration.

“She slept 22 hours a day. We didn’t know she wasn’t well,” he says.

Goldman, a serial entrepreneur in data analytics, discovered there was no way to objectively monitor his condition and set about designing technology that could help. He used his late mother’s initials, KG, in the product name.

Despite advances in science and technology, urinalysis has remained archaic, Goldman says. Hospital laboratory staff still dip sticks into cups of urine.

Accuracy in detecting some molecules using traditional methods can be as low as 70%, he says. In contrast, he says Olive achieves complete accuracy because it monitors every patient visit to the bathroom, rather than analyzing a single sample.

The Olive KG will also be able to connect to smart watches. Courtesy

He says that no other company uses optics to perform urinalysis. Pregnancy sticks, for example, use test paper to measure the hCG hormone, which is produced after fertilization.

Goldman says optical urinalysis can also measure levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, and has potential applications in nutrition, mental health and beyond.

However, it cannot detect all conditions, such as muscle disorders – only things that pass through the kidneys.

The data collected from the Olive KG is sent directly to the clinical services of the assisted living facilities in which it currently operates. She can connect to her new Apple Watch app Olive WatchOS, which brings AI-based urinalysis results to smartwatches.

The company is also creating a new sensor that it will start selling directly to customers, along with an app that gives diagnostics to users, by the end of 2023.

Olive recently began selling its product in the United States, where it is being tested at a large assisted living facility, and monitoring high-level mentally disabled people on the East Coast. He started his Round A funding for $10 million.