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Your Ears May One Day Be A Battery, Says Science

MilliondollarmanLet's take a break from this week's election to look at some technology of the not-too-distant future: an implant that turns your ears into batteries.

From New Scientist:

For the first time, an electrical device has been powered by the ear alone.

The team behind the technology used a natural electrochemical gradient in cells within the inner ear of a guinea pig to power a wireless transmitter for up to five hours.

The technique could one day provide an autonomous power source for brain and cochlear implants, says Tina Stankovic, an auditory neuroscientist at Harvard University Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lee Majors may soon have some competition, and the cost of these new bionic parts will no doubt be far less than six million dollars.

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  1. tsk tsk, Towleroad. Jamie Somers, the Bionic Woman, was the one with the bionic ear! Steve Austin has a bionic eye. But he does make for better 70's eye candy.|62100938@N02

    Posted by: Tom A. | Nov 8, 2012 2:38:26 PM

  2. If those implants run on tinnitus, I alone could power NYC.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Nov 8, 2012 2:42:09 PM

  3. it was the bionic woman who had the ear... $6 m man had the eye :-)

    Posted by: me | Nov 8, 2012 2:42:15 PM

  4. And that, Little Timmy, was how machines began to enslave the humans.

    Posted by: endo | Nov 8, 2012 2:49:59 PM

  5. yes! one step closer to Borg-dom. can't wait!

    Posted by: .adam. | Nov 8, 2012 2:53:02 PM

  6. I am still waiting for the brain implant that allows me to call others, surf the net and such and without external visual devices.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Nov 8, 2012 5:37:03 PM

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