Electrical Engineer Develops Wireless System to Transmit Energy to Medical Devices Inside the Body

An electrical engineer from Stanford University has developed a way to wirelessly transfer power inside the body to be able to run miniscule electronic medical devices. This new technology could lead the way for new ‘electroceutical’ devices that would treat illnesses and relieve pain.

The technology was tested with an electronic device that was smaller than a grain of rice and acted like a pacemaker. It was powered by a credit card sized power source and held above the device outside of the body. The power source used approximately the same power a mobile phone uses. Using an independent laboratory, the system was tested to be below the approved exposure levels for human safety.

Read more about how this device could allow physicians to treat illnesses with electronics rather than drugs.