Capsule pills have remained relatively unchanged over the course of the last 100 years, but researchers at MIT are hoping to change the tired design with a cutting-edge 3D-printed capsule pill. Developed in collaboration with Draper and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the 3D-printed capsule pill is built to be ingested by a patient, after which it can transmit and receive information to and from the outside world. The pill also has the ability to be instructed to gradually release drugs over an extended period of time in response to certain symptoms.
The 3D-printed capsule pill is still currently in development but it has already been showcased in a pig animal model. As researchers continue to develop the technology, they hope to add a broader set of sensors, capable of measuring more than just body temperature.