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[extremetech] MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces

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Neuroengineers at MIT have created a implantable fuel cell that generates electricity from the glucose present in the cerebrospinal fluid that flows around your brain and spinal cord. In theory, this fuel cell could eventually drive low-power sensors and computers that decode your brain activity to interface with prosthetic limbs.

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Not sure if this should go in hardware or not.....still very cool!
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whoa. self recharging human batteries. sounds familiar.

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Nice... Prosthetics are getting futuristic rather quickly, aren't they?
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Nice... Prosthetics are getting futuristic rather quickly, aren't they?

I didn't ask for this.
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This is cool. All sorts of implants could be run off your own body instead of needing a battery.

Think of the basics. Pacemakers. As time goes by the number of different implants any normal person could end up with is just going to increase. This is another step toward making them better. I doubt if a glucose fuel cell setup could produce enough power to do anything large scale though, like prosthetic limbs. But is certainly sounds plausible that enough power could be produced for other things, like pacemakers, or internal drug dispensers (think of a blood sugar monitoring and continuous real time adjustment of levels with an internally mounted reservoir of insulin for diabetics), or cybernetic eyes, or HUD's built into our eyes, or an inbody computer, or any number of low power applications.
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ok startrek com becoming cellphone was a good idea, the matrix idea of human battery?not!
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I didn't ask for this.

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I didn't ask for this.

I'm not sure what you are implying... Am I missing a reference?
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I'm not sure what you are implying... Am I missing a reference?

I think he is saying he doesn't want to become a cyborg, I am probably wrong because who doesn't want to be a cyborg?
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I didn't ask for this.

I'm not sure what you are implying... Am I missing a reference?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq5KWLqUewc
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