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The Energizer Bunny will no longer have to beat his drum around pacemaker owners

Researchers in the UK are developing a series of pacemakers that run on heat that is produced from body movement.  The device will use micro generators that produces electricity whenever the pacemaker owner moves.

This technology allows for a great step in medical advancement by reducing the number of surgeries a pacemaker patient has to go through roughly every 10 years for battery replacement.  Researchers claim the technology has not been perfected yet, but it will be a more reliable power source because it runs off of the power generated by the human body.  

However, don't expect new devices to use the technology exclusively.  New devices will likely still rely on battery power and simply offset power usage with the microgenerator instead. It may be decades before microgenerators become primary power sources for pacemakers, and even then devices will likely still have some sort of emergency battery source.

The cost of the research project is around £1 million, about the equivalent to $1.96 million.  The departments and companies involved in the research include the Department of Trade and Industry and Zarlink Semiconductors.  

There is no word yet when these devices go into testing or expected approval dates. According to the BBC, the research is moving along quite well.


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How bout this instead?
By FITCamaro on 12/29/2006 12:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of this, why not make microgenerators that are inserted into the main arteries around the heart and produce power similiar to hydro-electric dams. Have minature generators that are spun by the flow of blood through the body. A limitless supply of power unless the person dies. The only issue is 1) will clots cause an issue here and get caught in the spinning part and 2) can you make it so blood doesn't leak out.

I don't know if something like this is possible, but if it is, it seems like a pretty good idea to me.




RE: How bout this instead?
By lealwai on 12/30/2006 1:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Probably not a viable option. HBP is enough of a worldwide problem as it is, a hydroelectric damn in ur blood vessel is bound to make it worse, not to mention the hell it would do in the case of a blood clot.


RE: How bout this instead?
By lealwai on 12/30/2006 1:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
ooops, that's "dam" haha


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