Smart Pill Alerts Doctor When Swallowed

Smart Pill Alerts Doctor When Swallowed
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Scientists have created a smart pill which alerts a patient's doctor or family when it is ingested.

Naresh Kumar
  • 6 april 2010

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a prototype of an ingestible pill capsule containing a microchip and an antenna, which automatically alerts doctors or family members when it is ingested. When it is popped in, the microchip in the pill transmits a signal to an external electronic device which then alerts a cell phone or computer, informing the patient’s doctor or family. The pill doesn’t require a battery as it is powered by short bursts of low-voltage charge sent by the external device.

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