Forget wearables… Body Cap introduces the Ingestible!

As sports data becomes one of the most in demand elements of the professional sports industry for the purpose of optimising sport performance, the industry is set to see a significant development with the announcement of the e-Celsius Performance connected pill.

The company behind the pill, French-based BodyCap has announced that the tests that took place on ten FC Nantes soccer players during two French Ligue 1 matches on September 13 and September 26 respectively have been successful.

The ingestible (as it will now become known as) aims to analyse player’s ability to regulate their own temperature during warm-up and play and track the return to baseline values during recovery.

In  technology that is certain to revolutionize how teams monitor their players, the pill starts to continuously monitor the user’s internal temperature as soon as the user swallow it.

Every 30 seconds, the pill wirelessly transmits the athlete’s gastro-intestinal temperature measurement to a monitor called e-Viewer Performance. The pill stores measurements for up to 16 hours when away from the monitor and then this data is wirelessly transmitted once the pill is back within the 3-meter range.

The goals of the pill are to regulate players’ core temperature and determine the best way that they recover from playing sport at an elite level. It measures the effectiveness of well-known and widely used recovery techniques like ice baths. And according to the Head of Bodycap, the company has big plans for the technology.

“The next big step for our company is the routine use of our pill in elite sports such as cycling, rugby or long-distance running. We are currently working with partners in these sectors and are receiving a large number of inquiries. We also plan to export to the US, where the market for elite sports uses different models from European sport.”

What is also interesting about the pill is that while it was developed for the purpose of monitoring athletes’ body temperature, the pill may prove helpful to medical staff who care for personnel in other industries (ie; firefighters).

 

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