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Implants Connect Using Wi-Fi

Posted September 21, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Due to their size and location in the body, most medical implants are too power-limited to transmit data via traditional wireless routes. Wireless connectivity is now at hand for brain implants, smart contact lenses, and other small wearable electronics by means of interscatter communication technology developed at University of Washington. The process converts Bluetooth signals into Wi-Fi transmissions over the air, enabling electronic implants to link with smartphones or smartwatches. Video shows how a prototype neural implant exchanges data with a smartphone, which is reflecting existing Bluetooth signals from a smartwatch to create Wi-Fi transmissions.


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