Duke Today: ’Smart Toilet’ Uses Artificial 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 bowel syndrome (IBS).”
Dublin Gazette: New website lists your nearest public toilet for times of need . “Already, hundreds of public facilities have already been submitted to the website, with dozens of these located around Dublin’s suburb and city centre. Toilets on the map are located in shopping centres, public parks, museums and more – even the Four Courts bathroom is listed on the website.” The site notes that many of these locations might be unavailable as Ireland is in lockdown.
The Sun: Map shows where public toilets are open near you. “FINDING a loo during lockdown is tricky – but a new map will help you locate your nearest public toilet. The Lockdown Loo website launched last week reveals the location of open public toilets as well as loos in pubs, restaurants and stations which can be used across the UK.”
New York Times: Flushing the Toilet May Fling Coronavirus Aerosols All Over. “Scientists have found that in addition to clearing out whatever business you’ve left behind, flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. Those droplets may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by a shared toilet’s next user, or land on surfaces in the bathroom.”
India Today: Google collaborates with Swachh Bharat Mission, adds over 57,000 public toilets to Maps across India
India Today: Google collaborates with Swachh Bharat Mission, adds over 57,000 public toilets to Maps across India. “Google on Wednesday, October 2 announced that it has added the location of over 57,000 public toiltets located across more than 2,300 cities in India to its Google Maps. This means that now users in more than 2,300 cities in India will be able to search for public toilets on Maps just as they search for metro stations, petrol pumps, ATMs, hotels and chemists among other things.” I know toilets on a map is a bit of a hee-hee, but lack of access to toilets in India is a big public health problem.
ECNS: New GPS tool helps tourists find public toilets across China. “Chinese tourism authorities have partnered with a tech company to launch a new tool to help tourists locate over 500,000 public toilets across the country, reports Xinhua. The new tool is the result of a partnership between the China National Tourism Administration and AutoNavi, a Chinese web mapping, navigation, and location-based services provider. The tool is built into the company’s AutoNavi Maps app.”
Quartz: China launched a toilet-finding platform to help identify 330,000 public toilets. “To mark World Toilet Day, which this year fell on Sunday (Nov.19), China unveiled a similar platform, the ‘National Public Toilet Cloud.’ It’s from China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and is available via an app and a WeChat public account, a rough analog to a business’s Facebook page. The ministry aggregated information about nearly 330,000 national public toilets across the country, state news agency Xinhua (link in Chinese) said in a report, noting that ‘restrooms can reflect a country’s civilization level.’”
Google’s public toilet locator has officially launched in parts of India. “The user just needs to type ‘public toilet’ on Google Maps in an area where the service is available. Then, Google will list all the nearby restrooms with its address and working hours.”
Google will launch a new tool to help users find toilets in India. “Roughly 70 percent of Indian households don’t have access to toilets, which results in a nationwide culture of open defecation and urination. To combat this issue, India’s Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is partnering with Google to launch a toilet-locator tool on Google Maps to help people find access clean public restrooms, International Business Times India reports. “