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September 7, 2021 | Wall Street Journal

Smartwatches Track Our Health. Smart Toilets aren't too far behind.

The next frontier of at-home health tracking is flush with data: the toilet. Researchers and companies are developing high-tech toilets that go beyond adding smart speakers or a heated seat. These smart facilities are designed to look out for signs of gastrointestinal disease, monitor blood pressure or tell you that you need to eat more fish, all from the comfort of your personal throne.

Toilet with wi-fi signal

August 24, 2021

Stool Image Analysis for Precision Health Monitoring by Smart Toilets

We're excited to share that our latest Smart Toilet research on stool image analysis using machine learning has been published in the Proceedings of Machine Learning Research following the 2021 Machine Learning for Healthcare conference. The interdisciplinary team working on the project includes [...]

Shannon Yee working on a toilet prototype.

August 9, 2021 | Gates Notes

I need to take a Yee!

The Center for WaSH-AID is proud to be a part of Dr. Shannon Yee's team developing a new, low-cost toilet to solve the world’s sanitation crisis.

Illustration of toilet combined with a microscope

July 13, 2021 | The Wall Street Journal

A Robot That Finds Your Lost Stuff and More AI-Enabled Gadgets to Come

Analyzing poop is an important way to prevent and diagnose gastrointestinal diseases, but the taboo around collecting it can make screening challenging, according to a 2014 study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Smart toilets could help change that.

May 25, 2021 | Duke Today

'Smart Toilet' Uses Artifical Intelligence to Monitor Bowel Health

An artificial intelligence tool being developed by Duke scientists can be added to the standard toilet to help analyze patients’ stool and give gastroenterologists the information they need to provide appropriate treatment for chronic issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable [...]

Toilet with Technology Background

May 25, 2021 | SciTechDaily

AI-Powered Smart Toilet May Soon Analyze Poop for Health Problems

An artificial intelligence tool under development at Duke University can be added to the standard toilet to help analyze patients’ stool and give gastroenterologists the information they need to provide appropriate treatment, according to research that was selected for presentation at Digestive [...]

India Engineering Field Testing Platform

March 30, 2021

India Engineering Field Testing Platform

We're pleased to spotlight our talented colleagues in India. The India Engineering Field Testing (IEFT) platform is a team of engineers in Coimbatore, India, who install and test prototype sanitation technologies. Led by the Center's Sonia Grego, the team is part of a large network of public and [...]

Wastewater Sampling on Duke's Campus

March 3, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering

Comparing the Swab to the Sewer

Using established methods for screening human sewage for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Duke University is piloting a study to compare what can be learned from sewage with what can be learned from a rigorous nasal swab testing program.

Field Engineers in India

November 16, 2020 | Duke Today

Duke Awarded $4.5 Million to Advance Global Research Technologies in Sanitation, Public Health

The Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) received the grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the management of field testing of “reinvented toilets” and other new hygienic technologies in India. The grant will enable the [...]

Toilet Paper on Blue Background

October 8, 2020 | Science News for Students

A dirty and growing problem: Too few toilets

A flying toilet might sound cool. You could imagine a hovercraft into which you can pee or poop. But the reality is a lot less fun. A flying toilet is a plastic bag into which someone relieves himself. Then? It’s thrown away. Pretty gross, right? So why would anyone do that? Because a great many [...]

Menstrual Pad

October 7, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering

Safe Hygiene for Everyone, Period

Women and girls who menstruate are disproportionately affected when access to safely managed sanitation is lacking. Duke ECE engineer Sonia Grego and the team at the Center for WaSH-AID want to change that.

Toilet on Blue Background

September 18, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering

Reclaiming Water from Waste

Washing our hands with soap and running water for at least twenty seconds helps prevent the spread of pathogens. For areas of the world where water is scarce, ECE faculty member Brian Stoner and his colleagues at WaSH-AID are reclaiming usable water from an unlikely source.

Man Holding Toilet Paper

May 18, 2020 | BBC CrowdScience

Does My Toilet Make Sense?

Despite being a universal need, talking about our toilet use and the infrastructure that aids us remains somewhat taboo. Whilst sectors like telecommunications and computing have undergone rapid transformations over the past century, the flush toilet and wastewater system have mostly remained [...]

Lena Trotochaud on Zoom during COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Talking Chemistry in the time of COVID-19

Although a visit to the Duke University Center for WaSH-AID was not in the cards, researcher Lena Trotochaud, Ph.D., recently found a way to share her expertise with a group of more than 40 curious high school students from Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York. Through Skype-a-Scientist, a [...]

WHO COVID-19 Guidance

April 13, 2020

India Engineering Field Testing team to Share COVID-19 Recommendations

In response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Duke Center for WaSH-AID, through our India Engineering Field Testing project (India EFT), is working to share evidence-based recommendations with partners and community members to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are sourcing [...]

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