New fitness trackers will be implanted inside the person
Iota Biosciences (iota.bio), the developer of implantable bioelectronic devices, announced plans to introduce a new technology – implantable new fitness tracker. It was developed by scientists at the University of California in Berkeley – Jose Carmen and Michelle Maharbiz.
iota.bio was founded in 2017 with the goal of transforming medicine with incredibly small implantable devices. It also has exclusive rights to the award-winning neural dust technology developed by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley. Iota Biosciences is based in Berkeley, California and is privately owned.
Initially, the researchers planned to use this innovation in the field of medicine. By the way, this is not their first startup in the industry of bioelectronic devices. Among the achievements of scientists there are already potentially revolutionary therapeutic solutions for numerous chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
According to the researchers, initially they wanted to introduce free-floating electronic microparticles. According to their theory, this technology would be regulated by radio frequency energy. But, unfortunately, scientists were not able to implement it in practice, because of the peculiarities of its radiation. As it turned out for a long distance signal, it is required the appropriate antenna.
Innovation of Iota Biosciences works from ultrasound, which allows the company to produce devices of a grain of sand size. Thus, scientists solve several problems at once. First, it gives the possibility of remote work for the equipment, because of the peculiarities of measurement. Secondly, since the implants are smaller, they can be introduced deeper into the human body than traditional technologies. For example, there is a possibility of fixing the chip to a muscle or nerve fiber. The device will be able to read the information out again by sending pulses from the sensor.
New fitness trackers will be powered by ultrasound
It is also worth noting that the innovation does not require serious surgery. The implant is implanted using a small laparoscopic incision. If the carrier gets any inconvenience or decides to refuse the chip for personal reasons, it can also be easily removed.
At the moment when the new fitness tracker is activated by an ultrasonic beam, tension passes between the electrodes. As a result, the current is affected by the electrical activity of the tissue. These transformations are expressed in ultrasonic pulses, which are collected by an external device. By sending a constant stream of pulses, the system collects the necessary data without repeated intervention.
By the way, scientists believe that there may be about five such chips in the human body. While the innovation is not so perfect that it is applied to the brain, but the sensor is quite safe to be in the peripheral nervous system. In any case, this technology should be adopted by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
At this stage, scientists are ready to present their results to FDA for technology approval. If researchers receive it, they will be able to start mass production of the device in the first quarter of 2019.