EaglePicher Medical Power has dropped an announcement that they are currently working on an implantable-grade medical battery that is set to be the smallest in the world, being up to 50% smaller and lighter than any commercially available products at the moment. This cylindrical battery measures 0.260″ long and 0.090″ in diameter, so you can just use your imagination to figure out how miniscule it actually is in real life. This bodes good news for those who have a phobia of going under the knife, enabling doctors and medical practitioners to deploy it via a minimally invasive catheter procedure instead of the standard implantation surgery that is commonly practiced today.
The electrical capacity of this battery exceeds the original design objective by a whooping factor of five, giving a guarantee that the device will be powered for over 15 years in theory. This Micro Battery will open up a whole new world for device manufacturers who are involved in Neurological Catheters, Cardiovascular Monitoring, and Neural Prostheses (Retinal implants, Cochlear Implants).
According to the VP and General Manager of EaglePicher Medical Power, the battery performance is truly a revolution when compared to anything that is currently available on the market, making the possibility of smaller implantable medical devices a reality. There is no word on how much these batteries will cost, but they certainly won’t come cheap. Looks like the human body is slowly but surely being introduced to mechanical parts, making androids a very real possibility sometime down the road. I sure hope we won’t end up looking like the Borg though.