Harvard and MIT Collaboration Explores Human Powered Medical Devices

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A recent interview with MD’s from Harvard and MIT explores the possibility of moving away from battery powered implanted medical devices, looking instead to harnessing power generated from the human body.

The study substantiated the concept by powering the possibility of using temperature change, the heart beat, and even a naturally existing biological battery within the inner ear that, in guinea pigs, was able to indefinitely run a hearing aid.

The study represents significant potential for pacemakers, whose batteries need to be replaced every 6-12 years, and more mHealth oriented devices such as continuous glucose monitors

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