WTF: Your Future FitBit Might Be in Pill Form
Fitness trackers seem to get sleeker by the month (and also more adorable), but soon, you may not need to be wearing one at all. All you may have to do in the near future is SWALLOW ONE. You heard that right. Last week, the CEO of Jawbone, the tech company behind the fitness tracker Up, Hosain Rahman announced that the company is working on producing ingestible health and fitness trackers that will be able to record what is happening in your body at the most intense level of detail.
He noted that of these fitness trackers there will be two kinds: one that just passes through your system to give you a current of-the-moment body status update and the other can stay in your bloodstream, constantly monitoring you and giving you tracking updates over a range of time. “If you can keep it on all the time, the amount of information you get about the user is staggering,” Rahmain said during an interview with Re/Code.
So what are some of these amazing details an indigestible fitness tracker can tell you? Basically, it is going to tell you where your body is being efficient and where it is not. A potentially life-saving use? Letting you know if your blood alcohol content is too high and directly communicating with your car to not allow you to drive. Or what if it could read your melatonin levels and adjust your lights for you to soothe you right to sleep? It could turn off your TV for you too. Rahman says the possibilities are endless.
“The real role of wearables that no one talks about is all these smart things around you have no idea what’s happening with you,” said Rahman. “I always use the example of, no matter how smart my thermostat is, it has no idea if I’m hot or cold.”
Hm… this all sounds a little Twilight Zone, but it could be our reality sooner than ever anticipated. Believe it or not, ingestible trackers have already been approved by the FDA, like the Proteus Ingestible Sensor that tracks pill or medication intake (it’s a tiny device that is in the pill) as well as a few others.
Cool, but kind of creepy.
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