- New material to pave way for battery-free cardiac pacemaker
OSAKA -- Researchers have developed a new material that can generate power after being embedded in a human body and absorbing light from outside, paving the way for a battery-free cardiac pacemaker.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, succeeded in developing the new material and is seeking to put the technology into practical use.
Currently, pacemaker users need to replace lithium-ion batteries in the equipment once every several years by undergoing surgery. The new material will relieve patients of such a hassle as it can generate power in itself by converting light from outside into heat and eventually electricity.
Integrating flora and fauna with tech is something that is going to be common in the future. Fancy to plug your laptop into a tree?
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