Behold, the latest miracle pill! It won’t instantly make you a genius or help you lose 20 pounds, but it can monitor what medications you have taken, when you took them, what manufacturer produced them, and other important physiological data.
Researchers at Proteus Biomedical have joined forces with JKI, an NI Silver Alliance Partner, to fine-tune developments on a groundbreaking new system called Raisin. The system consists of a small bandage-like wearable monitor and a digestible pill containing a sensor. The digestible sensor is bonded to the patient’s pill, and stomach acid activates the sensor once the pill is swallowed.
JKI used LabVIEW to develop operations that communicate through Bluetooth connectivity to the sensors. This allows the sensors to know what information to gather and how to transmit it. It also helped them run diagnostic tests to ensure the system worked properly. They used LabVIEW to develop production tests, verify the system, and create testing tools.
Based on this, the sensor can communicate acquired data to user-friendly, customized displays on mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers, and patients can choose who to share the information with, including family members and doctors. Raisin can also help avoid lethal drug and allergy combinations and can help better monitor the health of children and the elderly.