How many of the people out there have heard of a case where a person had a heart attack and no one knew what was going on? There must be thousands. All that is about to change thanks to the gadget in your pocket. Yes, I’m talking about your smartphone. You must probably be all wondering how that is going to work and no, it isn’t an app. Here’s the secret.
A group of nerds (yes, just calling it as it is) in Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland were able to develop a medical implant that is 14mm long. Now, what this implant does is measure protein levels, glucose levels, and so much more in your blood. Of course this means that it has to be injected into you. Once in your blood, the implant will feed information to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Okay, maybe they are a little more than just a group of nerds.
What has struck smartphone developers as brilliant is the fact that the implant comes with a battery patch that provides conductive charging through the skin.
How will this save your life? Well, whenever you’re about to have a heart attack a chemical called troponin is spiked in the blood. What the implant will do is read the troponin levels and send a message to your smartphone. Imagine how useful that could be. All those cases of unexpected heart attacks will be a thing of the past.
It can also be used to measure medication levels for diabetics and the like. What this implant does is offer an alternative to the usual needle poking to measure your insulin levels – definitely a friendlier deal. It has not yet been specified when the implant will start doing rounds in our medical field but it should start getting out there soon enough. Maybe one of you readers will be saved by the implant in later life. Let’s hope so. For your sake and for the sake of the inventors otherwise they will lose a good deal.