Study shows heartbeat may be enough to power pacemaker

Researchers at the University of Michigan Department of Aerospace Engineering have tested an energy-harvesting device that runs on piezoelectricity – the electrical charge generated from motion.

“What we have proven is that under optimal conditions, this concept is working,” says M. Amin Karami, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a research fellow at the university. He says the next step is to integrate the device into a pacemaker. This research has the potential to eliminate the need for costly surgeries to replace pacemaker aging batteries.

MICHR is pleased to have supported this study with a seed grant earlier this year.

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