MIT figures out how to power tiny devices with… the ear
Devices that monitor inner ear activity could eventually be powered by the ear itself, according to research detailed in the current issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology by scientists from MIT, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).
The new chip is equipped with a radio transmitter that is powered by the ear’s own natural battery.
(Credit: Patrick P. Mercier)
They say that for decades we have known the inner ear houses its own natural battery, but this is the first demonstration of its ability to power…