This tiny implant monitors your blood and will work with your smartphone to warn you about heart attacks
The data from the implant is transferred via Bluetooth to mobile devices and when it rings, that warning might save your life.
It’s not just troponin, though. Right now, the implant can monitor levels of glucose, lactate, and ATP for diabetes or other conditions. But the number of sensors can easily increase. The implant does not have its own battery and is instead conveniently charged wirelessly using a patch on your skin. It really sounds like a huge step towards that magical tricorder sci-fi movies and books have been dreaming about.
As to the technical details, the skin patch delivers 100 milliwatts of power via inductive wireless charging.
All the data the implant collects is sent to a mobile device and can then be quickly redistributed to health professionals. This could become a truly indispensable gadget, but it requires a shift in the way the system works, so that there is always someone who can look at your data.
What’s even better is that the EPFL implant is not the only one. BlackBerry’s co-founder Mike Lazaridis has set up a $100 million start-up in Ontario focusing on quantum computing in health.
source: Extreme Tech
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4644; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Everything is getting even more smarter!
7. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
There. Gee, I even had to point it out.
9. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4644; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Ok, fine then. :/ English is not my native language, sorry about the grammar.
2. jsdechavez (Posts: 652; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Bloodless tests! Bye, needles! Bye kits!
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5150; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Hmmm. Not quite bye-bye needles. But certainly fewer needles. For example, someone who is pre-diabetic could use the sensor to monitor their blood sugar while they modified their diet (as in cut out carbs). The feedback alone could easily pay for the sensor and its implantation - avoid diabetes, and you just saved ~$500,000 to ~$1.0 million over the lifetime of the individual in the U.S.
22. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1442; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Diabetes costs the person over half a mil? I highly doubt that. Insulin isn't that expensive especially if they are really strict with their diet. I would know. This would be pretty cool if it could monitor bloodsugars though for those who are diabetic.
3. ReddD (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
they reckon getting a notification about having a heart attack is going to help???? -_-
8. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
how about no notification till it actually happens?
Such alerts will certainly give you time to... uhh... stop whatever you're doing, call 911 (where aplicable) and potentially save your life.
Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
17. xSamx (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
he probably mean that getting a message/notification in your phone that you are about to get a heart attack(and probably die) will make you feel things(terror,anxiety,....,etc) that not only isn't going to help but it will even cause you to get a heart attack even if you weren't supposed to (at least to me, others may be able to keep their cool under such situation better than me). But yeah if that notification go straight to 911 it will probably save many lives.
10. YaBoiDre10 (Posts: 84; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)
LOL those tin foil wearing conspiracy theorist were right. They ARE going to start chipping people. They're not going to force people to get chipped they're going to manipulate them and make it seem "cool" Wow I'm not fond of all this technology its making life worse.
13. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Its so crazy because I wanted to comment this. Its sad because as you can see from the comments, people already find it "cool." Im okay if Im meant to go through a heart attack then so be it. All this will do is make people eat worse than they already do just to start exorcizing when that chip tells them they're about to keel over.
16. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
"Im okay if Im meant to go through a heart attack then so be it."
Either religious or just "so edgy".
24. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Its all about choice of lifestyle if I want a life that prevents heart attacks, ill limit greasy food and workout. Im not going to keep doing all that negative crap just to hear a beep from my phone because of a chip then all of a sudden change my life. By that time the "heart attack" alert will not be able to stop the inevitable. And whoever thumbed me down obviously has no sense.
26. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Maybe because you spelled "exercising" wrong? Maybe a fellow grammar Naz* at work.
Wasn't me, I swear.
21. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Yes it's in plain terms a big BS. Eat and live healthy and one would not even need these. No one lives for 100 years so why bother much. Cool my foot. Insane for sure.
11. YaBoiDre10 (Posts: 84; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)
At my job I had a lady tell me with a HUGE smile on her face there's a way to put a chip in her daughter so if she gets kidnapped they can locate her.....LOL....That's not the sole purpose of the chip. Just like smart phones, they weren't created to communicate they were created to track the masses. Blessing in disguise I guess
12. bdavis022 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
I am a diabetic (type one; insulin dependant) and test my blood several times a day to stay in control. Using those glucose monitors are painful, time consuming, etc. This would be ideal for a lot of people struggling with health issues.
14. marceldy (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
"But the number of sensors can easily increase"
GPS / Serial Numbers (like animal chips) / sound recorder :P
15. coppico (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)
THIS IS HUGE! I'm a pharmacist and I know the pain and frustration the patients go thru when they have Type 1 Diabetes and have to poke themselves 3 times a day to monitor blood glucose.
Keep the smart technology coming engineers!
18. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 292; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I wanna be able to scan hot babes with my phone to see if they are worth of dating and or have STD's before asking them out
25. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 292; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Sadly, only the skanks are the hot ones anymore
19. Muayyad (Posts: 82; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
And I thought movies are science fiction based, not entirely.
20. cdgoin (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
This unlike an Apple or Samsung watch or a Google set of goggles.. Is useful and I would get one immediately.