Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 24, 2013
So much for an apple a day keeping the doctor away. Now you can take a daily pill to help remember passwords, security codes and more.
A new pill on the market by Proteus Digital Health has a minute computer chip inside it that transmits one’s personal details. The pill’s sensors, which are powered by a battery that runs off stomach acids, can then be read by certain electronic devices, including a smartphone app.
According to Regina Dugan, a Motorola executive who is championing the drug, the pill goes a long way to protect identity theft.
“Despite the fact there is a lot of information about you on your smartphone, which makes you far more prone to identity theft,” she told the Daily Mail. “After 40 years of advances in computation, we’re still authenticating the same way we did years ago – passwords. In fact it’s worse, the average users does it 39 times a day and it takes them 2.3 seconds every time they do it. Power users will do it up to 100 times a day. Motorola is thinking of a whole variety of options for how to do better at authentication.”
The pill could also be used to help monitor one’s overall health, however, as the computer chip can be programmed to track medicine-taking behaviors and detect movements and rest patterns. According to the Boston Globe, executives at Proteus Digital Health believe that the pills can benefit those with physical and neurological problems as it can monitor blood flow, body temperature and other vital signs.
While the drug isn’t widely available yet it has been approved already by the Food and Drug Administration. Proteus Digital Health is also looking into the possibility of developing electronic tattoos that contain personal data.