Track your fart in real time on your phone
Australian researchers have developed an ingestible electronic pill that can be used to monitor the gas levels in your intestines. You can also pair the pill with a smartphone app to track your gas in real time.
Their goal was to learn about the intricate workings of our intestines and the microbes they contain.
Before the pill’s invention, trying to study the human intestinal tract was a challenge. Studies involved inserting tubs into the intestines, but now, it’s as simple as swallowing a pill.
Scientists tested the pill in six healthy patients.
In the first patient, the pill took roughly 20 hours or so to make it through the body. It spent about 4.5 hours in the stomach, 2.5 in the small intestines, and 13 hours in the colon.
The pill’s journey also revealed new information about our bodies.
Scientists discovered that carbon dioxide and hydrogen peaked in the pill’s early hours in the colon.
For their pilot study, the researchers beefed up a prototype they had previously tested in pigs. The capsule is 26mm in length, with a 9.8mm external diameter, like a large vitamin pill.
So if you have a problem with breaking the wind involuntarily, this may just be for you.
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