Skip to Content

Pill ID

February 24, 2009

To deter the theft and counterfeiting of medication, NanoGuardian has developed a way to apply nanoscale patterns to individual pills and capsules so that they can be authenticated or traced. The company won’t say how the technology works but claims that the mechanism for producing the pattern can be built into a capsule mold. Detection of the nano pattern has to be performed by NanoGuardian itself, using proprietary means. The technology has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by a NanoGuardian client.

Courtesy of NanoGuardian

Product: NanoCodes

Cost: A fraction of a penny per pill

Source: nanoguardian.net

Company: NanoGuardian

Other products in this section:

180° Surveillance Camera

Volume-Limiting Headphones

3-D Webcam

Keep Reading

Most Popular

open sourcing language models concept
open sourcing language models concept

Meta has built a massive new language AI—and it’s giving it away for free

Facebook’s parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3

transplant surgery
transplant surgery

The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus

The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.

Muhammad bin Salman funds anti-aging research
Muhammad bin Salman funds anti-aging research

Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging

The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.

Yann LeCun
Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI

One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI, but raises as many questions as he answers.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.