At Stanford University in the USA has developed a miniature implantable in the human body is the chip that does not require batteries or external power supply and is powered by electricity generated with the help of ultrasound. In other words, powered by piezoelectricity, i.e. electricity caused by pressure. This chip can be programmed to perform certain medical tasks and transmit the results wirelessly to the external device.
The device works in the following way: converts aimed at him, the sound into electricity, handles and performs medical team, and then reports the results of the performed activities with a tiny built-in radio antenna. This chip is designed to create a new generation of miniature implantable medical systems, tasks which can be quite diverse – from the study of the nervous system to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The prototype is the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen, which according to the developers a few much – now they are trying to create the device 10 times smaller. The main objective at this stage is the development of miniature devices that can be used to create a network of electrodes for the study of the brain of experimental animals in a way that is currently unavailable.