Smart Chip Designed to Relieve Pain

December 13, 2010

A smart chip that can measure and stop pain signals from travelling to the brain may be used soon in human trials.

A smart chip that can "measure and stop pain signals from travelling to the brain" may be used soon in human trials, according to a news report on ZDNet.au. The chip is implanted into the spinal cord and was developed by Sydney researchers (National ICT Australia). "The smart chip is put into a biocompatible device, which is a little smaller than the head of a match. A couple of the devices are sewn into a 1.22mm wide micro-lead made from polymer yarn and electronic wires. The wires are then inserted into the spine (or elsewhere) and connected to a device containing a battery and a computer processor. The battery can be charged wirelessly." This video demonstrates the process:

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