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Top 10 Implantable Wearables Soon To Be In Your Body

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Wearables. A growing trend with very soon to have their “moment in the sun” but I am a firm believer that wearable technology is simply a transition technology. Technology must and will soon move from existing outside our bodies to residing inside us. That is the future of wearables, the next big frontier, implantable wearables.

Here we have top 10 implantable technologies rapidly growing, soon to be part of your life (and your body)

1. Implantable Smartphones

1. implantable smartphones

Techs at Autodesk are experimenting with a system that can display images through artificial skin.

Sure, we’re virtually connected to our smartphones 24/7 now but what if we were actually physically connected to our mobiles? That’s already starting to happen. Last year for instance, artist Anthony Antonellis had an RFID chip embedded in his arm that could store and transfer art to his handheld smartphone. Researchers are experimenting with embedded sensors that turn human bones into living speakers.

Other scientists are working on eye implants that let an image be captured with a blink and transmitted to any local storage (such as that arm-borne RFID chip). But what takes the place of the screen if the phone is inside you? Techs at Autodesk are experimenting with a system that can display images through artificial skin. Or the images may appear in your eye implants.

2. Healing Chips

2. healing chips

Scientists in London are developing swallowable capsule-sized circuits that monitor fat levels in obese patients.

Right now, patients are using cyber-implants directly connected to a smartphone apps in order to monitor and treat diseases in real time. A new bionic pancreas being tested at America’s Boston University, for instance, has a tiny sensor on an implantable needle that talks directly to a smartphone app to monitor blood-sugar levels for diabetics.

Scientists in London are developing swallowable capsule-sized circuits that monitor fat levels in obese patients and generate genetic material that makes them feel “full”. It has potential as an alternative to current surgery or other invasive ways to handle gross obesity. Dozens of other medical issues from heart murmurs to anxiety have implant/phone initiatives under way.

3. Cyber Pills That Talk To Your Doctor

3. ingestible sensors

A British research team is developing cyber-pills with microprocessors in them that can text doctors directly from inside your body.

Implantables won’t just communicate with your smartphone; they’ll “chat up” your doctor too. In a project named Proteus, after the microscopic body-navigating vessel in the film Fantastic Voyage, a British research team is developing cyber-pills with microprocessors in them that can text doctors directly from inside your body.

The pills can share (literally) inside info to help doctors know if you are taking your medication properly and if it is having the desired effect.

4. Bill Gates’ Implantable Birth Control

4. bill gates birth control

The chip contains tiny reservoirs of the hormone levonorgestrel, which is already used in some contraceptives.

The Gates Foundation is supporting an MIT project to create an implantable female compu-contraceptive controlled by an external remote control. The tiny chip generates small amounts of contraceptive hormone from within the woman’s body for up to 16 years.

Implantation is no more invasive than a tattoo. And, “The ability to turn the device on and off provides a certain convenience factor for those who are planning their family.” said Dr Robert Farra of MIT. Gives losing the remote a whole new meaning.

5. Smart Tattoos

5. smart tatoos

Motorola has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone with a quick tap.

Tattoos are hip and seemingly ubiquitous, so why not having smart, digital tattoos that not only look cool, but can also perform useful tasks like unlocking your car or entering mobile phone codes with a finger-point? Researchers at the University of Illinois have crafted an implantable skin mesh of computer fibres thinner than a human hair that can monitor your body’s inner workings from the surface.

A company called Dangerous Things has an NFC chip that can be embedded in a finger through a tattoo-like process, letting you unlock things or enter codes simply by pointing. A Texas research group has developed micro-particles that can be injected just under the skin, like tattoo ink, and can track body processes. All of these are much wiser choices than the name of a soon-to-be-ex.

6. Brain-computer Interface

6.brain computer interface

Chip maker Intel predicts practical computer-brain interfaces by 2020.

Having the human brain linked directly to computers is the dream (or nightmare) of sci-fi. But now, a team at Brown University called BrainGate is at the forefront of the real-world movement to link human brains directly to computers for a host of uses. As the BrainGate website says, “using a baby aspirin-sized array of electrodes implanted into the brain, early research from the BrainGate team has shown that the neural signals can be ‘decoded’ by a computer in real-time and used to operate external devices.”

Chip maker Intel predicts practical computer-brain interfaces by 2020. Intel scientist Dean Pomerleau said in a recent article, “Eventually people may be willing to be more committed to brain implants.” Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts.

7. Meltable Bio-batteries

7. biodegradable batteries

Think the potato battery of grammar school science, but smaller and much more advanced.

One of the challenges for implantable tech has been how to get power to devices tethered inside or floating around in human bodies. You can’t plug them in. You can’t easily take them out to replace a battery. A team at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is working on biodegradable batteries.

They generate power inside the body, transfer it wirelessly where needed, and then simply melt away. Another project is looking at how to use the body’s own glucose to generate power for implantables. Think the potato battery of grammar school science, but smaller and much more advanced.

8. Smart Dust

8. smart dust

With smart dust, doctors will be able to act inside your body without opening you up, and information could be stored inside you.

Perhaps the most startling of current implantable innovations is Smart Dust: Arrays of full computers with antennas, each much smaller than a grain of sand, that can organise themselves inside the body into as-needed networks to power a whole range of complex internal processes.

Imagine swarms of these nano-devices, called motes, attacking early cancer or bringing pain relief to a wound or even storing critical personal information in a manner that is deeply encrypted and hard to hack. With smart dust, doctors will be able to act inside your body without opening you up, and information could be stored inside you, deeply encrypted, until you unlocked it from your very personal nano network.

9. The Verified Self

9. implanted RFID chips

Implantables hammer against social norms. They raise privacy issues and even point to a larger potential dystopia.

This technology could be used to ID every single human being, for example. Already, the US military has serious programs afoot to equip soldiers with implanted RFID chips, so keeping track of troops becomes automatic and worldwide.

Many social critics believe the expansion of this kind of ID is inevitable. Some see it as a positive: improved crime fighting, universal secure elections, a positive revolution in medical information and response, and never a lost child again.

Others see the perfect Orwellian society: a Big Brother who, knowing all and seeing all, can control all. And some see the first big, fatal step toward the Singularity, that moment when humanity turns its future over to software.

10. Implantable 3D Smart Organs

10. Implantable 3D Smart Organs

We can already make skin for patients with burns or skin ulcers, and others like corneas and liver are in trials.

The idea behind tissue engineering is that you take plastics, add cells to it, and if you use the right kind of plastics, the right structure and add the right media to the mix, then you have the ability to make skin, bone, or any tissue or organ in the body.

There’s been significant progress in this field, says Robert Langer, professor in biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We can already make skin for patients with burns or skin ulcers, and others like corneas and liver are in trials. Sooner than expected we will be able to do this for all tissues.

Future is here.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Nio Shaq

    23rd December 2014 at

    this is..wow, this is very very clever stuff

    • Jean Tudal

      29th May 2015 at

      So intelligent that that would almost frighten there…

  2. Kobra

    24th December 2014 at

    that was such a good read, keep it up

    • Nevade

      1st December 2015 at

      You A Dummy If You Didn’t Know

  3. Antoinette Christie

    11th August 2015 at

    Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. With thanks

  4. Loretta

    11th August 2015 at

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  5. Campbell

    15th October 2015 at

    good read Laurenti, any plans for an updated article? there are so many new medical techs out there, would like your take on this again

  6. John Doe

    16th October 2015 at

    The first item is called Cicret bracelet it will not project through your screen instead it is designed to project onto your skin via the bracelet kind of like hologram technology

  7. Brian Carroll

    17th November 2015 at

    This is Wow! Using cyber-implants such as Adam Jensen… mmmm, future is today? But seriously it’s very cool. Thanks for this post, I found out many new things

  8. Alan

    6th April 2016 at

    Biggest thing will be sensors in the bloodstream that measure nutrients and identity deficiencies. You could correlate symptoms with consumption of different foods.

  9. Ann Stubbs

    26th December 2016 at

    What if these devices were implanted by doctors illegally? Where would one go to get tested for these devices, could ones gynecologist see the birth control devices implanted? Would like direct feedback. Thank you

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