New smart pills containing microchips are imminent on the high street. These are designed to tell when a patient is taking their medication, but other uses will probably not be far behind.

We could probably envisage a time when this is measuring other internals of the body, like temperature, blood pressure, how long you’ve been awake, the list could go on.

This smart little pill uses the stomach’s acid to create a voltage and so power itself.

All this information could then be relayed back to your favourite smartphone, giving instant access to you health check, as well as uploading it for historical information for your doctor.

Hmmm, I feel an app coming on ;-)