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imec Netherlands' Smart Toilet offers dietary advice to Lowlands Festival-goers

Smart Toilets have been handing out nutritional advice to visitors of the Dutch Lowlands Festival 2019, at the Rabobanks restaurant Brasseries 2050.

The Smart Toilets measure a number of health aspects including urine, heart rate and blood pressure changes in order to provide insight into dietary habit. For example, if the toilet measures high heart rate, more fibre and moisture can help. The ion sensor measures the conductivity of your urine and indicates whether you may need more fluid.

After making use of the smart toilet, visitors received nutritional advice with food and drink recommendations that they can buy at Brasserie 2050 that will fit a balanced nutritional requirement.

The food suggestions were intended as a ‘taste of the future’, with personalised suggestions focusing on actual needs and reducing food wastage. Rabobank’s Tom van Kuyk said: “Around 10 billion people will live in the world by 2050. To keep pace with world population growth, food production needs to increase by around 60% and its ecological impact reduced by 50%.”

The Smart Toilets are developed by imec Netherlands, a subsidiary of the Belgian research and innovation hub imec which specialises in nanoelectronics and digital technology. It was created in a collaboration between Rabobank, The Food Line-up, MOJO and imec Nederland.

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