While monitoring your heart rate and VO2 max with the latest fitness tracker is impressive, researchers are pioneering new, minuscule technology capable of tracking the real-time status of nearly any organ, nerve, or muscle. In an awe-inspiring leap towards a futuristic-cyborg reality, this innovation, aptly named “neural dust,” holds the potential to stimulate nerves and muscles, introducing a groundbreaking era of “electroceutical” treatments for conditions like epilepsy and inflammation.
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have engineered sensors scarcely larger than a large grain of sand. These sensors harness ultrasound technology to both power the implant and transmit data. Successfully implanted in the muscles and nerves of rats, neural dust is poised for further development, with the researchers aspiring to create even smaller sensors applicable within the brain.Continue reading… “Neural Dust: Tiny Sensors Revolutionize Real-Time Organ Monitoring and Electroceutical Treatment”