Tech Lets Body Organs Send Updates to Your Phone; Tweeting Lungs Next?
“What’s your heart's IP address?” That's not just a geeky pickup line; a group of Dutch researchers at IMEC have developed a wireless body area network (BAN) called Human++ BAN, which allows small sensors embedded in organs to transmit health data to a patient’s phone via an SD memory card adapter.
Using ultra-low power electrocardiogram sensors as wireless nodes, the Human++ BAN devices transmit vital stats from your heart to your Android smartphone, and then along to your doctors via a 3G or wireless network. If something’s really going wrong, an alarm can sound on your phone to alert you that your heart rate is too high, or that you’re about to get a shock from an internal defibrillator.
The Human++ BAN system can work with other bodily systems, not just the heart: IMEC claims that it could be used to monitor neurological conditions or neuromuscular diseases, appealing to athletes and others. This work was presented last week at the Wireless Health Conference in San Diego, CA, though maybe it would have been more appropriate to show off IMEC’s research at Chrip, Twitter’s official developer conference.
Will this sort of device pave the way for folks sending Twitter updates regarding the functionality of their livers, kidneys, brain, and goodness knows what else, or will this be a life-saving platform that lets patients and doctors communicate more effectively? Let us know in the comments!
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