Stanford Engineering assistant professor Ada Poon demonstrated a tiny, wirelessly powered, self-propelled medical device capable of controlled motion through blood. The device drives electrical current directly through the fluid, which in the presence of an external magnetic field creates a directional force that pushes the device forward. This type of device is capable of moving at just over half-a-centimeter per second.
That was the news picked up by bloggers from Poon’s presentation at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). However, what caught my attention is her work on inductive transcutaneous energy transmission. From Stanford’s press release: Continue reading