Toto has been granted a patent for an excrement judgement system that analyzes stool properties and amounts from captured images. The system determines stool types based on hardness and outputs the information for display. This innovative technology aims to provide valuable insights for health monitoring. GlobalData’s report on Toto gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Toto, Reformer integrated fuel cells was a key innovation area identified from patents. Toto's grant share as of March 2024 was 38%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Excrement judgement system based on stool properties and amounts

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Toto Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11967415B2) discloses an excrement judgment system that includes an acquisition device to gather image information of stools excreted during defecation, a determination device to identify stool types based on hardness and corresponding amounts, and an outputting device to display the associations between stool types and amounts. The system allows for the clear visualization of different stool types and their respective quantities, providing valuable insights into digestive health.

Furthermore, the patent also covers variations of the system, such as outputting total values for stools of the same type, displaying representative values based on stool types, and calculating ratios of stool amounts for a comprehensive analysis. This innovative excrement judgment system aims to revolutionize the way stool characteristics are assessed and monitored, offering a more detailed and informative approach to understanding gastrointestinal health. The system's ability to provide distinct displays of stool types and amounts can potentially aid healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating various digestive disorders more effectively.

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