FartTracking Capsule Sends RealTime Data to Your Smartphone

first_imgStay on target Scientists in Australia are breaking wind ground with an ingestible electronic capsule that monitors gas levels in the human gut.Developed by researchers at RMIT University, Monash University, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food, the pill measures hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen gases in real time—then sends the data to your smartphone.(Want to track your flatulence? There’s an app for that.)AdChoices广告A combination of nerves, hormones, bacteria, blood, and organs work hard to digest foods and liquids you consume every day. But, like licking your elbow, it’s nearly impossible for a person to catch a glimpse of their own gastrointestinal tract.Enter swallowables: the edible version of your fitness tracker or VR headset.The unnamed device, which tracks rectal turbulence as it passes from the stomach to the colon, has helped to uncover a potentially new immune system, according to a press announcement.“We found that the stomach releases oxidizing chemicals to break down and beat foreign compounds that are staying in the stomach for longer than usual,” RMIT professor and capsule co-inventor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh said in a statement.The future of routine healthcare visits, according to Benjamin Terry (via Nature Electronics)“This could represent a gastric protection system against foreign bodies,” he continued. “Such an immune mechanisms has never been reported before.”Additional observations suggest that an “extremely high-fiber diet” may lead to high concentrations of oxygen in the colon—contrary to popular belief.“This new information could help us better understand how debilitating diseases like colon cancer occur,” Kalantar-Zadeh said.Early trials provide hope for the one-in-five people globally who will suffer a gastrointestinal disorder, and could pave the way for fewer invasive procedures, like the dreaded colonoscopy.Analysts currently rely on fecal samples and surgery to evaluate the hidden gut germs. But, as study lead Kalantar-Zadeh pointed out, “this meant measuring them when they are not a true reflection of the gut microbiota at that time.”“Our capsule will offer a non-invasive method to measure microbiome activity,” he boasted.Following a successful pilot program, the team hopes to commercialize its technology; the newly established Atmo Biosciences firm will help bring the product to market.A study on the capsule and trials was published this week in the journal Nature Electronics, alongside commentary by University of Nebraska mechanical engineering professor Benjamin Terry. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img NASA’s Curiosity Detects Highest-Ever Volume of Methane on MarsUniversity Library Evacuates After ‘Gas Leak’ Turns Out to Be Stinky Fruit last_img

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