Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Fantastic Pill Voyage

The World Health Organisation (WHO), states that that approximately 50% of us fail to take medicines correctly.

This could be where technology is able to step up and help. So here's a tablet which is smart enough to text or tweet you when it enters your stomach.

This is not science fiction. It is called "Proteus" and could prove to be the next medical breakthrough that helps humanity.

It's named after the microscopic vessel which ventured within the human body in the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage. The Proteus is a sensor you swallow, and the key to it working is that it can be embedded in a tablet.

Stomach acid creates enough voltage so that the sensor will work, which in turn communicates with a small plaster-shaped patch worn by the patient. This patch is capable of tracking vital signs, movement and sleep. As for the patch itself, it can transmit data it received to the cloud which can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet or PC.

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