Nicholas Conn’s obsession with toilet seats began in 2014, when he was an engineering PhD student at the Rochester Institute of Technology applying for funding to develop in-home medical monitoring devices. “The biggest challenge was folks not taking their measurements, not using devices, not wanting to make these massive behavioral changes that are required,” Conn recalls. He kicked around ideas with his advisor, ranging from a car steering wheel to a computer mouse. Then it hit him: “Let's throw electrodes on a toilet seat.”
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