Disruptions: Medicine That Monitors You – NYTimes.com

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Disruptions: Medicine That Monitors You

By NICK BILTON

 

SAN FRANCISCO — They look like normal pills, oblong and a little smaller than a daily vitamin. But if your doctor writes a prescription for these pills in the not-too-distant future, you might hear a new twist on an old cliché: “Take two of these ingestible computers, and they will e-mail me in the morning.”

As society struggles with the privacy implications of wearable computers like Google Glass, scientists, researchers and some start-ups are already preparing the next, even more intrusive wave of computing: ingestible computers and minuscule sensors stuffed inside pills.

The CorTemp pill, from HQ Inc., has a built-in battery and wirelessly transmits real-time body temperature.HQ, Inc.The CorTemp pill, from HQ Inc., has a built-in battery and wirelessly transmits real-time body temperature.

Although these tiny devices are not yet mainstream, some people on the cutting edge are already swallowing them to monitor a range of health data and wirelessly share this information…

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