Researchers Utilize Energy Harvesting Technology to Reduce Number of Open Heart Surgeries

A group of researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to turn vibrations into energy as a way to reduce the number of open heart surgeries for people with pacemakers.

The goal of this technology is to radically reduce the number of times a pacemaker would need to be replaced.  The team developed wideband hybrid energy harvesters using a variety of smart material solutions to convert ambient vibrations into electricity.

Read more about how this technology also has shown the ability to be applied to wireless sensing technologies.