Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Pill That Monitors

PostedMay 9, 2010

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Randy Atkins: Medications might one day send dosing information, and even vital signs, to a monitor on, or in, your skin. George Savage is co-founder of Proteus Biomedical.

George Savage: There was a real opportunity to add computers, intelligent sensing, and actuators to the body, to really help manage chronic disease.

Randy Atkins: Savage says a sand grain-sized transmitter, made of edible materials, is tucked inside pills.  It powers up on contact with stomach fluid, then sends data while passing through your digestive system.

George Savage: It’s a signal in your body, very low level, such that if you’re in contact with an electrical recording device, you can get out the signal, but it can’t be read at a distance.

Randy Atkins: So the stats remain between you and your doctor.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M, WTOP Radio.