Implanted Medical Devices of the Future Could be Laser Powered, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Study

Published: Dec 01, 2011

Pacemakers and other implanted medical devices require electric current to operate. Changing the battery requires an additional operation, which is an added stress on the patient. A Japanese team led by Eijiro Miyako at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has now introduced an alternative approach in the journal Angewandte Chemie: an implantable converter that can simply be irradiated with laser light through the skin.

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