In the last few years, the internet has witnessed an influx of articles and research based on powered human implants and they all present the very same challenge that makes us wonder how nicer it would be to have more “powerful batteries”. Our bodies are wired much different as compared to electric power systems, and this is primarily because our bodies consist of moving organs.
Therefore, Xudong Wang and his research associates have developed a novel power technology and created it into a power that is compatible with the power systems within our body.
Basically, this human augmentation program is designed to eliminate obesity and encourage weight loss by making the vagus nerve believe that the stomach is full while the individual is digesting his/her meal. This treatment has been extensively tested with the use of battery-operated implants, however, this power employs the use of oscillations within the stomach for power generation, which is then transported to the organs that require energy.
This power was tested upon a control group of rats who revealed no changes over a period of 100 days, however, the group of rats who had this implant reduced over one-third of their body weight. This indicates that while the technology needs to be tuned and harnessed, its effectiveness is real and needs to be further developed as its results happen to be surgically reversible.
Basically, the device is a triboelectric generator that is coated with polyimide and Ecoflex™, along with gold electrodes that are attached around the vagus nerve, right at the gastro-esophageal junction. Then, this triboelectric generator works by pressing itself against the stomach from outside the body, while the rhythmic movements send a signal indicating that the stomach is satiated, creating a digestive loop. Moreover, the implants are powered with RFID technology and does not require any power from within the body.