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The pacemaker that doesn’t need a battery: Implant can be placed directly into the heart and be charged wirelessly

The battery-less pacemaker that could end battery replacement surgery  #healthcare #IoT

  • But the new battery-less device, developed by researchers at Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute (THI), works by harvesting energy wirelessly via radio frequency radiation – the transfer of energy by radiation – transmitted by an external battery.
  • The new battery-less pacemaker, developed by researchers at Rice University and the Teas Heart Institute, can be implanted directly into the heart and doesn’t require surgeries to periodically replace the batteries, as is the case in traditional pacemakers.
  • Traditional pacemakers are implanted in the chest (pictured in an X-ray) and transmit electrical signals to the heart via wires called ‘leads’ However, complications such as bleeding and infection can arise due to these leads.
  • The frequency of the pacing signal produced by the pacemaker can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the power transmitted to the receiving antenna, which stores the power until a predetermined threshold – then releasing the electrical charge to the heart and filling up again.
  • The frequency of the pacing signal produced by the pacemaker can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the power transmitted to the receiving antenna, which stores the power until a predetermined threshold – then releasing the electrical charge to the heart and filling up again.

The pacemaker, developed by researchers at Rice University in Texas, can harvest energy wirelessly via an external battery pack – eliminating the need for surgeries to replace the battery.

@evankirstel: The battery-less pacemaker that could end battery replacement surgery #healthcare #IoT

By Cecile Borkhataria For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:29 EDT, 5 June 2017 | Updated: 19:32 EDT, 5 June 2017

The pacemaker that doesn’t need a battery: Implant can be placed directly into the heart and be charged wirelessly