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The human body responds to Wi-Fi signals

 
05 May 2016, 09:00

At the University of Illinois, a team of scientists made an unusual discovery - studies have shown that organs and tissues of the human body can respond to Wi-Fi signals.

Scientists in their new study have tried to find out whether wireless signals affect the tissues of a living organism (human and animal) in some way and the results of experiments surprised scientists - the tissues are capable of transmitting rather strong wireless signals.

Andrew Seager and his colleagues used pieces of pig meat and beef liver, through which specialists could watch streaming video from Netflix (an American company that provides the opportunity to watch movies and serials on the Internet on a special website). Andrew Signer's team was able to prove experimentally that through the pieces of meat pass wireless signals, and quite powerful, which are suitable for viewing streaming video (uploaded to the Internet). Researchers in their work were able to get the speed of information transfer through pieces of meat up to 30 Mbit, which, according to scientists, is enough to overcome the barriers that appear on the path of medical prostheses to date and which are implanted inside the human body. Dr. Signer noted that their discovery will help to develop ways to control medical devices introduced into the human body.

Researchers explained that tissues and human organs also react to wireless signals, which will replace in medical practice devices that work at radio frequency, the main purpose of which is to control medical devices implanted in the body. Today, control of devices inside the human body occurs with the help of ultrasonic signals, the opening of the Signner team will avoid a number of problems that arise at the present time. First of all, physicians now can not increase the radio signal power, since high frequencies negatively affect the organs and systems that are next to the built-in device.

In addition to studies with pieces of meat, the Signer team has already developed a prototype of an ultrasound device specially adapted for use in the human body. When developing a prototype, the principle of the use of devices for ultrasonic communication, which are used under water, was used.

Doctor Signer explained the principle of the new device is quite simple: a person is a set of bones and various tissues surrounded by a large amount of fluid, and the exchange of data in the ocean and inside the human body is practically the same.

According to the research group Signer, their discovery will make the process of transmitting and receiving signals by medical devices inside the human body less aggressive, in particular, avoid heating the adjacent tissues. In addition, Dr. Signer noted that the wireless network will allow the use of a whole network of implants in the human body, which can also interact with each other.

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