The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves first ever digestible digital pill
Edible tech just got real. The U.S. FDA has cleared a 1mm, (think the size of a grain of sand) silicon based sensor that can be consumed via pills.
Proteus Digital Health, the creator of the sensor assures that the device is made entirely of ingredients found in food and is activated naturally upon ingestion. Stomach fluids that come into contact with it will generate the power needed to send data to a battery-powered patch worn on the skin. This disposable patch detects the signal and records the exact time the sensor was swallowed. The patch also records other data including heart rate and body temperature and relays that information to a mobile-phone app. This information can then be shared with doctors and relevant caregivers.
Image credit: Proteus Digital Health
And if you are wondering about an exit strategy, Proteus says of the device, ‘It passes easily through the body and is excreted like high-fiber food’.
Now if only they could get it to tweet.