Mobile Phone Powers Back Pain Chip in Taiwan

November 20, 2009

Researchers say they’ve developed a chip to treat backpain that is powered by mobile phone.

The chip is implanted directly into the sufferer’s back but draws electricity from a power source in his or her mobile phone, says Lin Chi-wan, a biomedical engineer at National Taiwan University.

This marks a departure from existing spinal cord stimulators which are powered by more cumbersome implanted batteries, according to the team.

“We have finished an animal trial for the new device and got good results,” Lin said.

The coin-sized chip, the result of six years of research, is equipped with two electrodes which transmit electromagnetic waves to alleviate pain. More…