Taking medicine
Big Brother Inside: The US Food and Drug Administration approved a system for tracking ingestion of medicine. The "digital" pill has an ingestible sensor that sends information to a wearable patch connected to a mobile app that transmits to a web-based portal. The system can also record activity level as well as self-reported rest and mood data.
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