Engineers Garner Heart’s Energy To Influence Life Saving Devices


The heart’s movement is so robust that it can energize devices that rescue our lives as per the new research from Dartmouth College. Utilizing a very small invention advanced by engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the kinetic energy of the heart can be transformed into electricity to accelerate an infinite range of embedded devices as per study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Pacemakers, defibrillators and other life rescuing implantable devices propelled by batteries that require to be restored every five to 10 years are used by millions of people. Those substitutions need surgery which can be expensive and generate the probability of obstacles and infections.

Dartmouth engineering professor John X.J. Zhang said that they are attempting to resolve the paramount problem for any implantable biomedical device. How do you generate an efficacious energy source so the device will function during the entire lifetime of the patient not requiring an operation for replacing the batteries.

Dartmouth research associate Lin Dong said that what is of equal importance is that the device not impede with body’s functions. It requires being biocompatible, lightweight, flexible, and low profile, so it positions into the present pacemaker anatomy but is also malleable for future multifunctionality.

The team’s work suggests revamping pacemakers to utilize the kinetic energy of the lead wire that’s linked to the heart transforming it into electricity to regularly charge the batteries.