Implanted Devices Might Someday Run on Energy From Nearby Organs

Animal study finds way to harness power from internal motions

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"And biocompatibility has to be a top priority," he said, "because we all know the body can reject things, and we have to work to address any such concerns."

"Having said that, there's no question that there's certainly a need and demand," Inman said. "As anyone who has to undergo an operation every seven or 10 years to have a dying battery replaced knows, surgery is a big deal. If you tell them this method would mean they don't have to do that anymore, that is something they definitely want."

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To learn more about pacemakers and other implantable devices, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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