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The toilet of the future introduces high-tech innovations that would finally replace the existing 130-year-old flush toilet. The toilet of the future is designed to analyze a user’s waste and “to monitor for health defects such as diabetes or kidney diseases, and could even provide information about nutritional deficiencies or pregnancy,” reported NBC News on Dec. 6, 2013.

The toilet of the future has been dubbed the “wellbeing toilet" because of its ability to provide the user with crucial health information.

The design for the futuristic toilet is the brainchild of Sam Sheard, Pierre Papet, and Victor Johansson who are three industrial design students from Central St Martin’s College at the University of Arts London. All three students were part of a competition organized by the U.K.-based plumbing company Dyno-Rod Drains with the goal to find a replacement for the existing 130-year-old flush toilet. As of now, their toilet of the future exists only as a prototype. Whether or not it will find a market remains to be seen.

Besides being called a “wellbeing toilet,” the toilet of the future is also called a “game-changer” because its shape is a hybrid between the chair-like structure of modern toilets and the angular position of "squat toilets."

According to Victor Johansson, one of the three students participating in the innovative design of the toilet, argues that “the sitting position is wrong" in the design of toilets in most Western countries.

"The natural position for a human to sit is in a squatting position." However, modern flush toilets push users into an unnatural position and an upright 90-degree angle that is unhealthy.

According to Johansson, while sitting upright might be comfortable at a table or a desk, the same position can obstruct bowel movement and lead to constipation, colon infections, or other health problems.

To prevent such health problems, Johansson and his teammates designed the toilet of the future so that the user sits in a slightly forward leaning angle. The seat that protrudes up from the base of the structure “allows bathroom-goers to perch their feet on the edge of the device as they heed nature's call.”

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