Digital Pills Transmit Health Data To Doctors When Swallowed [Video]
Sensor-embedded medicine powered by stomach fluids can sent metrics to smartphones.
Earlier this year, we featured ‘microrockets‘ that are powered by your stomach acid, and can even monitor your health. A similar device developed by Proteus Digital Health, was recently cleared by the FDA, and doctors could have you ingesting these digital ‘pills’ sooner than you think.
The small micro-sensor is the size of a grain of sand, and can be embedded within medicine. When it comes in contact with stomach fluids, it generates power and switches on. The sensor works along side a battery-powered patch which is worn on the skin, and is able to receive data transmitted by the sensor. The patch is able to collect data like when the sensor was swallowed, heart rate, body temperature, and body position.
The metrics can be recorded for seven days, before the sensor is passed through the body. The information can then be viewed via a smartphone app and shared with doctors, caregivers, and clinicians. Watch the video below to see how it all works:
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