Taking your medication is important if its been prescribed and there are times where most of us forget to take them. But that could be a thing of the past, now that the FDA has approved the use of Proteus Digital Health's new chip embedded pills which can report back to a sensor and your smartphone when your meds have been ingested.
These tiny silicon based chips are no larger than a grain of sand, and it contains trace amounts of magnesium and copper. When it is swallowed and exposed to digestive juices, the materials will produce a slight voltage which can be detected by a special skin patch that relays information back to a smartphone.
It serves not only as a fool proof reminder to take your meds, but it also allows healthcare providers to knowfor sure if medication has been taken by a patient who has problems caring for themselves. The approval granted are only based on successful studies where the pill was embedded in a placebo, though the company is confident it should work well with actual medications. [Proteus Digital Health via Nature via Popular Science]