Pills in the past have come a long way with the dosage and sizes, but according to Sarah Aspler at Marsdd.com pills have made another leap in its dosage. You can now swallow mini cameras that take snapshots of someone’s internal organs and/or ingest ingestible sensors that monitor the insides of the body and are activated by electrolytes within the body. The pill gathers data then sends a signal to a “smart patch” worn along the patients’ torso, which will then send an alert to the smart phones of the persons’ family members or doctor, warning them that something is not right within the users body. These pills will be able to detect infection, low blood pressure, and other issues that sometimes go undetected. Designed to recognize issues earlier than the eye of a doctor, these pills will start to eliminate often times unnecessary physical checkups made by doctors.
Although this may make the jobs of the doctors easier, will they be happy with their pay cuts that are bound to happen due to the fact the people wont feel the need for them that much anymore? Which will ultimately lead to a war between doctors and smart pill, in which the pill needs the doctor but the doctors don’t need the pills which can further more lead to the failure of the pill.
The pill will also be ingested, and things that are ingested are digested and certainly soon exits the body. Which means the patient will have to take these pills on top of the prescription pills that they already take on the daily basis or every couple of days. This can become annoying to the patient as well as costly to the family. Sensors and cameras aren’t cheap already as it is and to make them into pill size or even to just attach them to pills and to be disposable can be expensive.
Another issue with these smart pills is that the alerts that they send out to phones. Will these messages/ pictures be sent through email or text? Will the people who receive the data need to be in a certain range? Will the patients have to be connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth? These are all questions that can vary on ones opinion about the pill and also could lead to them staying away from getting involved with this ”Smart Pill” and also leading to the failure of this revolutionizing idea.