9. Smart Pills
These swallowable, vitamin-size sensors won't make you smarter, but anything that lets you avoid an endoscopy is a pretty good idea. The FDA-approved sensor from Buffalo-based SmartPill transmits data about pressure, acidity, and temperature to a 5 x 4-in. receiver that patients carry around with them during the pill's trip through their gastrointestinal tract. SmartPill already has competition: The Israeli company Given Imaging has developed a similar sensor called PillCam.
Short-term impact: HIGH
Although you won't be popping them on a daily basis, these sensors—which at press time, were on the verge of being shipped—could make a wide range of invasive procedures obsolete.
I found this article on MSN. Let's hope it replaces colonoscopies!