Wireless System Paves Way for 'Electroceutical' Medical Devices
- Tuesday, 27 May 2014
A wireless system uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new "electroceutical" devices to treat illness or alleviate pain.
The central discovery is an engineering breakthrough that creates a new type of wireless power transfer that can safely penetrate deep inside the body.
The technology could spawn a new generation of programmable microimplants – sensors to monitor vital functions deep inside the body; electrostimulators to change neural signals in the brain; and drug delivery systems to apply medicines directly to affected areas.
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