MIT’s Bob Langer and Giovanni Traverso have developed a 3D-printed, wirelessly-controlled, ingestible capsule that can deliver drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both. It can reside in the stomach for a month. Data is sent to a user’s phone, and instructions from the phone are sent to the device. The sensor could also communicate with other wearable and implantable devices, and send the combined data to a doctor.
The technology could improve drug delivery in conditions where drugs must be taken over a long period. It can also sense infections, allergic reactions, or other events, and then release a drug accordingly.
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