Featured Articles

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel has released a 3G cellular modem with an integrated power amplifier that fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claiming it…

More...
Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

It's not all rosy in the house of Intel. It seems that upcoming Atom out-of-order cores might be giving this semiconductor…

More...
TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC will start producing 16nm wafers in the first quarter of 2015. Sometime in the second quarter production should ramp up…

More...
Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S is the ‘tock’ of the Haswell architecture and despite being delayed from the original plan, this desktop part is scheduled…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 30 November 2009 12:09

Mobile phone cures back pain

Written by Nick Farell

Image

All in the chip


Scientists
say they've developed a chip to treat backpain that is powered by mobile phone.

Lin Chi-wan, a biomedical engineer at National Taiwan University said that the chip is implanted directly into the sufferer's back but draws electricity from a power source in his or her mobile phone. Although scientists knew that spinal cord stimulators which are powered by more cumbersome implanted batteries, work they were not exactly practical.

Apparently tests on animals of the new chip proved very successful. How they got animals to use mobile phones, Chi-wan did not say. The coin-sized chip is the result of six years of research.  It is equipped with two electrodes which transmit electromagnetic waves to alleviate pain.

Soon it is going to be installed in its first human patent. It will be interesting to see people with back pain suddenly relax when someone calls them. Or they get a spam SMS message.

Nick Farell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments