Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ingest electronics to avoid heat stroke

OK, this is just plain cool!
With afternoon temperatures sizzling around 100 degrees and the heat index pushing as high as 127, about 20 Texas Longhorns pop a little white pill before they strap on their helmets for practice.

This is no medicine. About the size of a thimble, it is a miniature mechanical tool that helps players avoid heat stroke during rigorous workouts in the hottest time of year.

Covered with epoxy to aid swallowing, the pills contain a battery, a communication coil, a circuit board and a quartz crystal. A hand-held monitor placed next to the player's midsection reads the level of vibrations from the crystal, translating it to a digital temperature reading.

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