Implant battery powered by body heat

xander | 07:54 AM
Life-saving medical implants like pacemakers and defibrillators face a big drawback: their batteries eventually run out. So every few years, patients need surgery to have the batteries replaced.

Now a company in New York state is planning to tackle the problem by providing patients with an implantable power source that recharges their implant's batteries using electricity generated by the patient's own body heat.

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I would imagine they would have a battery in there for backup if/when the body heat generator fails.

Posted by: nym at June 6, 2006 02:03 PM

Very true. In fact, the first generation will serve as battery-rechargers for the traditional batteries, allowing them to last decades instead of a few years

Posted by: xander at June 6, 2006 05:04 PM
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