11 Oct '17, 5pm

A Fitbit for the Stomach

A Fitbit for the Stomach

We admit to a weird fascination with electronics that can be swallowed. Whether its robots , cameras , or edible actuators , we find them James Bond-level cool. So here’s another one for you: A flexible sensor developed at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston can monitor movements in the stomach, sense ingestion, and power itself for at least two days without degrading. The device, described this week in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering , could be used to record how frequently a person is eating and help monitor various gut disorders. “Understanding gut movement helps us, as healthcare providers, to potentially intervene to really help patients,” says study author Giovanni Traverso , a gastroenterologist and biomedical engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The 2-by-2.5-centimeter device consists of a flexible polymer, calle...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices...

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