The United States government is working on a plan to develop smarter, stronger and healthier soldiers by injecting them with tiny health-monitoring microchips.
With the help of scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) the military is working to create nanosensors that will monitor soldiers’ health on the battlefield to keep military doctors constantly informed about potential health problems.
DARPA calls the implants a radical innovation and says that the health-monitored soldiers could change the state of modern warfare by cutting back on the number of medical conditions resulting from ordinary illnesses and disease.
The technology will be similar to technology unveiled by researchers at Stanford University earlier this year. The researchers have developed implantable machines, powered by wireless technology, that are small enough to traverse veins.
DARPA is also building on research done by pharmaceutical companies that are working to develop “smart pills” that could read vitals or even administer medicines from within the body. Californian start-up Proteus Medical and Swiss drug maker Novartis have developed one such “smart pill” which includes a sensor that sends vitals to a skin patch worn by the patient. The skin patch can then send the information to a smartphone.