Scientists in Australia have developed an ingestible electronic pill that can monitor gas in the human gut. A pocket-sized receiver carried by the subject paired with a smart phone app, allows the researches the ability to monitor the build up of gas in the subject and to monitor “gas profiles of the gut and distinguish changes in a person’s diet.”
In other words, they invented a device that can monitor your farts on a smartphone app.
Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh of RMIT University and Peter Gibson of Monash University, announced their invention in a study published in Nature Electronics.
It takes about 20 hours for the pill to work it’s way through a person, spending about 4.5 hours in the stomach, 2.5 hours in the small intestine, and 13 hours in the colon. We assume you can just rinse off the pill and reuse it as many time as you want.
Researchers found that “swallowable electronic capsules can provide gas profiles of the gut and distinguish changes in a person’s diet.” Translation, we can tell what foods make you fart more.
The researches concluded, “Our pilot trial illustrated the significant potential role for electronic-based gas-sensing capsules in understanding functional aspects of the intestine and its microbiota in health and in response to dietary changes.”
No word on when the fart pill and app will be available to the public, but the researchers are in the process of setting up a commercial company to further develop and test the capsules.