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Edible Battery To Power Internal Medical Devices

Edible Battery To Power Internal Medical Devices  #DigitalHealth #IoT #WearableTech

  • Imagine taking a pill with an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose .
  • Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many more, but a big challenge is making their power sources safe for our bodies.
  • Melanins protect our bodies from free radicals, but they also bind and unbind metallic ions, a chemical process crucial to the function of batteries.
  • The Carnegie Mellon team is now experimenting with making batteries from other biodegradable materials such as pectin.
  • The team built the batteries using melanin and other biocompatible materials such as manganese oxide, copper, and iron.

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A new ingestible battery could power medical devices that patients swallow, or drug delivery systems that operate inside our bodies. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon created the battery out of melanin, a naturally occurring pigment.


Edible Battery To Power Internal Medical Devices