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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Wireless In-Body Communications Systems Are Coming
According to Reuters, a Canadian company, Zarlink Semiconductor, has developed a wireless chip for medical implants to be used for in-body communication systems. With such a chip, a pacemaker could wirelessly be monitored by a doctor or an hospital several miles away. The company thinks there are many other applications for the chip, such as in implanted blood glucose meters, which control insulin for diabetics.

This is possible because the chip is sleeping most of the time, waiting for wake-up calls from a base station located far away. This allows the chip to use only 20% of the power needed by previous systems while sending much more data when awake. This overview contains more details about this promising new technology and a diagram showing how it works.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 1:08 PM Comments (0)
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