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Withings’ new toilet-based scanner tells you about your pee on iPhone


Flushing cleans the device, by the way.
Flushing cleans the device, by the way.
Photo: Withings

Calling it the “first hands-free connected home urine lab,” Withings raised the lid Wednesday on U-Scan at CES 2023.

You stick the device — which, frankly, looks a bit like a urinal cake — in the toilet. Then you get urine-scan results for many health factors via Withings’ app on your iPhone.

Withings U-Scan urine screener

Withings said U-Scan, which it called a “health lab,” is a mere 3.5 inches in diameter. A hook lets it sit in any toilet bowl.

And it can “provide an immediate snapshot of the body’s balance by monitoring and detecting a large variety of biomarkers found in urine while also offering actionable advice for health improvements,” the company said.

Apparently urine contains more than 3,000 metabolites, which makes it “an extraordinary witness to our health,” as Withings put it.

The device puts the urine through dozens of test pods for analysis before a toilet flush cleans the device after each use, the company said.

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And while most people may only get a urine test once in a while, U-Scan makes it available anytime in the comfort of your own bathroom.

In addition to the scanner, Withings said it will offer U-Scan Nutri Balance, which is a “metabolic guide to hydration and nutrition,” plus U-Scan Cycle Sync, designed to help women track and sync their monthly menstrual cycles.

Withings said U-Scan will launch in Europe in the coming months — the kit with the screener and one testing cartridge will cost 500 Euros — and will be available in the United States in the second half of 2023, following FDA approval.

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