‘Smart pill’ comes

The Canadian national athlete is considering a way to make the best condition in a record-breaking heat like ours by feeding a wearable device to the athletes during the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

The Tokyo Olympic Games will be held from July to August. The temperature is expected to be quite high during the Olympics. Sports scientist Trent Stellingwerff is working with the Canadian Olympic athletes under such a record-breaking heatwave. He tells the player that if he feeds a swallowing tablet type wearable device, he can get deep body temperature data every 30 seconds after the game.

Evan Dunfee, who actually ranks fourth in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic 50-kilometer warning in 2016, will be competing in a track competition scheduled for mid-August, swallowing a wearable device capable of measuring the body’s internal temperature.

Deep body temperature refers to the temperature of the internal organs of the body, such as the heart or bladder. Deep body temperature affects performance. It is difficult to get the best out of condition when the deep body temperature goes down too much or vice versa. The factors that influence deep body temperature are not only the external temperature and humidity, but also the exercise intensity. The tablet type swallowing wearable device enables Bluetooth short range wireless communication to monitor the deep body temperature data of a player in real time in conjunction with an external receiver. Of course, if the player goes farther than a certain distance and the radio wave can not reach, real time is not possible, but if you keep the data in the main body and reach the radio wave, you can receive the data again.

It is expected that the method of analyzing the body temperature itself will be greatly changed by collecting through such data measurement. By analyzing the performance and the bride’s body temperature, it is possible to judge under what conditions the body should not be overloaded or overloaded.

The wearable device that the Canadian athlete will wear is made by French company BodyCap. The company has developed smart pellets that can measure deep body temperature called e-Celsius. e-Celsius is like a pill. Just swallow it. Of course, there is no digestion, and body temperature can be continuously measured up to 16 hours in the body. When you complete your role, you are discharged out of your body.

e-Celsius not only allows you to measure changes in heart rate, but also allows you to set an alarm if a certain value is exceeded. This product is priced at $ 70 each and can not be reused. In addition to the product, Canadian athletes will use advanced equipment, such as patches to measure sodium, glucose, and protein, contained in sweat, to counter the heat.

In fact, anyone using a wearable device can measure the amount of exercise, such as walking water and heart rate measurement. The devices developed by Stanford and UC Berkeley in 2016 can analyze sweat in real time using several factors. Using this technique, which can analyze sweat in real time, it becomes possible to measure more accurately the momentum and muscle fatigue. Sweat is a metabolite secreted from the body because it helps to check the body moisture in addition to muscle fatigue.

However, until now, the sweat component has been changing with time, so it was not easy to measure. This problem is solved by a compact device that can measure and analyze sweat components in real time. Analyze sweat components through sensors that detect lactate, sodium, glucose, potassium, body temperature and more. Even if you can measure only sweat, you can know muscle fatigue, etc. This allows blood flow and blood pressure measurements to be found in hospitals.

Of course, it is also possible to use the sweat sensor patch that the athletes of Canada can utilize. However, if wearable device is used, it can be expected that it is possible to wear continuous data instead of one time.

Like e-Celsius, smart pills, which once appeared in movies, are also becoming reality. Last year, Proteus Digital Health co-developed Otsuka, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, with Abilify MyCite, and received approval from the US FDA. It is the first digital tablet to be commercialized in the US, the largest market in the world.

Avilipa MySite is a drug for patients with mental illness. Inside, it contained sensors made of copper, magnesium, and silicon. Although e-Celsius is designed to be non-digestible, Avilifai MySite uses Bluetooth communication to send signals to stomach fluids and dissolves when dissolved. All materials made of the sensor are harmless to human body. When this product sends a signal, it detects it through wearable patch. The information that the patch recognizes is sent back to the smartphone app and can be shared by the patient and the doctor. This is to solve the problem of medication adherence of patients refusing drugs that are commonly found in mental illnesses.

The smart health market is steadily growing. It is estimated to reach $ 23 billion this year, but by 2022 it will reach $ 102 billion and more than 115 trillion won. In Innerspace, which was released in 1987, there is an inner space, an adventure on a micro-type airship inside the human body. Of course, this is not the case, but at least it is now a reality that pellets with sensors that can communicate are going to the inner space.



Through the monthly AHC PC and HowPC magazine era, he has watched 'technology age' in online IT media such as ZDNet, electronic newspaper Internet manager, editor of Consumer Journal Ivers, TechHolic publisher, and editor of Venture Square. I am curious about this market that is still full of vitality.

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