by Rick Ochoa
Researchers at the University of Tokyo unveiled a new technology that could help the young and old in Japan: An organic sensor that tells you if and when baby – or grandpa – has pooped.
Currently, some infant diapers change color when they become wet or soiled; however, the Tokyo-based research team believes that this new system, which notifies care-takers by relaying changes in wetness, pressure and temperature to a remote alert device, is simpler and more convenient.
“If sensing is done electronically, you can tell simply by coming close to the wearer — without unclothing him or her,” says project lead Takao Someya, who is apparently unaware that human biology allows us to tell if baby smells like the elephant pen or not from quite a distance away already.
The research team hopes the prototype can be further improved to measure pulse, blood oxygen levels and more via a patch that sticks to the skin, which would – it goes without saying – greatly ehance the usefulness of the product.
One thing is for certain though: if the device is ever programmed to read blood alcohol levels and relay that information to our families, we’re in for a serious intervention.