Edible sensors are built and designed to cling to the wall of the gastrointestinal track and thus allowing for continuous monitoring of your stomach’s activities, including how much food is digested, or measure atypical movements. When used to their full advantage, Ingestible sensors could provide a gut check for early signs on bacterial infection, look for symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s Disease, monitor uptake of medications, and even study the microbiome living inside people.
One of the biggest challenges when studying the stomach is that an individual’s gut flora is as unique as their fingerprint. As a successful clinical trial relies on reliable and consistent data, this creates a particularly difficult situation in drug development, for example, as it is very difficult to provide conclusive and consistent results.
The use of edible sensors is still in its infancy, however the technology shows great potential and work is currently being conducted to increase the life of sensors by ensuring they can generate energy as the devices flexes and moves to allow for longer use and even better results and data collection.
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