Cyborgs are: created implantable fitness tracker smaller than a grain of rice

Fitness trackers, ECG sensors and other useful sensors have only one (but quite significant) drawback — they can be easy to forget to put on hand or charge. What if you place the device inside the human body? Sounds like the plot of a work in the style of cyberpunk? Not at all. It very soon will be able to make almost anyone through a miniature implanted trackers from IOTA Biosciences.


IOTA Biosciences — this is not another start-up, organized in one of the business incubators. For its creation are the scientists from the University of California at Berkeley Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz working in higher education the improvement of the performance of miniature electronic devices and their application in medical practice. And practices of scientists seem to be very interesting.


“The original idea was to have a free-floating electronic microparticles, adjustable RF energy. But we are faced with a problem: radio-frequency radiation over a large wavelength requires a fairly large antenna to receive.”

In the end, scientists did not want to abandon such an ambitious idea and one day found a solution to the problem — you need to use the ultrasound.

“You’re probably familiar with ultrasound as a diagnostic tool, but the approach IOTA Biosciences has with him is not so much in common. In order to transmit a signal, the ultrasound was perfect: wavelength in this case is measured in ppm meters, so it is possible to capture — and capture very effectively. Thus, this may be enough to allow to get the device to work remotely.” — quotes the words of scientists by the publication TechCrunch.

Created by the sensor is so small that it can be attached to a single nerve or muscle fiber. Through repeated messages of pulses from the sensor can be read. For “installation” does not require serious surgical procedures. According to scientists, everything is done through a small laparoscopic incision. And, if desired, the device can be “easily removed”.

Now experts are ready to present their development on the court the FDA for approval of production technology, the beginning of which is planned for next year.