Wearable and implantable medical devices tap humans as a power source

MIT’s glucose-based battery uses the body’s own sugar to generate electricity, which could power implants and sensors. [Image courtesy of MIT]

By Brian Santo for Mouser

Wearable medical devices and implants are becoming more prominent in a wide range of applications such as health monitoring devices and biomedical implants, which provide continuous measurements of biomarkers and medical diagnostics. Based on growth of the elderly population and insights garnered from the pandemic, the shift to the development of wearables and biosensors has increased the need for real-time health monitoring, personalized medicine and point-of-care technology (POCT).

Over the last decade, advancements have been made in the development of next-gen medical wearables and implants using the latest technologies that make using them cheap and readily available. What typically took hours for diagnostic testing at a medical facil…

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