Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have developed the means to wirelessly power electronic devices that stay in the digestive tract indefinitely. The team suggests that these devices could be used as sensors in the GI tract or carry drugs to be delivered over a controlled period of time.
An efficient power source is a crucial part of developing ingestible electronic devices and that has previously stumped researchers.
“If we’re proposing to have systems reside in the body for a long time, power becomes crucial,” co-senior author Giovanni Traverso said in prepared remarks. “Having the ability to transmit power wirelessly opens up new possibilities as we start to approach this problem.”