The Biopacks are both a logical next step from the Marathon Man research of 1997 and a way to help prevent another tragedy like the well-documented 1996 Everest disaster. With this technology, it is possible to monitor a climber's health data on a constant basis. Hopefully, we could then perceive a health problem long before a climber shows symptoms, so steps can be taken to keep them out of danger.

MIT has developed technology which will channel the various bits and bytes of bio data: a pulse-oximeter to measure blood oxygen, which is a reliable means of testing for hypoxia, an internally carried pill to sample core body temperature measures the potential for hypothermia and send its data via radio signal back to base camp, and a heart rate monitor to measure stress. All of this data will flow back to base camp where the condition of each climber will be carefully monitored. The technology that MIT has created will allow for virtually ongoing data transmission to the website.

The beauty of the Biopack is that is easy to use, yet constantly monitors your condition. You may wonder how complex this equipment is to use given the conditions. MIT's technology is extremely lightwight and very simply, as small and unobtrusive as it was possible to make. It all fits in one neoprene vest and one sensor attaches near the ear. That's it! The vest automatically records your vital signs and sends the data to a laptop for monitoring and processing.

Hypothermia is when the core body temperature drops to dangerous levels. Eventually, the body realizes it cannot save itself and you die. Hypoxia is the condition which causes the most accidents on the mountain. It occurs when the oxygen level in the blood drops and leaves you feeling almost drunk. The danger of hypoxia is that you lose your ability to make rational decisions. Many deaths on the mountain are due to poor choices made by hypoxic climbers.

The ultimate application for all of this technology is to enable better quality medical care anywhere, anytime no matter where a patient is in need. This telemedicine can open a whole new world of care.

Nonin blood oxygen sensor - it attaches to the skin near your temple and measures amount of oxygen in your blood.

Polar It straps around your chest and sends your heartbeat to a receiver

Sensor Scientific thermistors - they are stuck under each arm and measure skin temperature.

PED Body Core Temperature Monitor (BCTM) - This pill contains a thermometer and a mini-radio transmitter. It measures your core body temperature and sends it to a receiver.