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Developers Digest Smart Pill Trends

Wireless, ingestible smart pills have been talked about for years. Are they finally a reality?

John Blyler

October 5, 2020

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For many decades, researchers have shared their development advancements of tiny ingestible pills filled with cameras, sensors, and electronics that could travel in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Sometimes known as ingestible wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE), these smart pills serve as a diagnostic technology for inspecting the entire GI tract for various diseases including internal bleeding, tumors, cancer, and other diseases. According to the report by “Markets & Markets”, the smart pills business is forecast to reach $ 3.83 billion in 2020, growing to reach $ 8.98 billion by 2024.

To understand the current commercial state of ingestible pills, Design News talked with various experts in the fields of component miniaturization, mini-actuators, and medical coating materials.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

About the Author(s)

John Blyler

John Blyler is a former Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an engineer and editor within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to RF design, system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier. John currently serves as a standard’s editor for Accellera-IEEE. He has been an affiliate professor at Portland State Univ and a lecturer at UC-Irvine.

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