Harnessing Energy From the Body to Run Devices

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A close-up of the new chip, equipped with a radio transmitter, which is powered by a natural battery found deep in the mammalian ear.
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Patrick P. Mercier

Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan's team, along with Konstantina Stankovic, at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary designed a "super low power" chip that is able to transmit wirelessly by harnessing energy from a mammal's body. In the future, such low power innovation may be used in self-powered medical implants or for medical monitoring.

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"This is uncharted territory in terms of super low power chip design", in the words of Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan, the head of EECS department at MIT and a principle investigator in the wireless center.

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