Scientists at the University of Korea have found that skin can be used to transmit data. In fact, skin is a very good conductor of data as they were able to achieve a rate of 10Mbps using small, flexible electrodes – that’s certainly faster than my internet.
The scientists placed electrodes 30cm apart on a person’s arm and they found that the low-frequency electromagnetic waves pass efficiently through the skin with little outside interference.
Rather than wiring people directly to the internet, the team see health benefits for their technology.
It is difficult to monitor vital signs, such as blood sugar and electrical activity of the heart, in a person going about their everyday lives because it means either covering them in snaking wires connected to a recording device, or using wireless transmission.
It looks like this technology will carry on progessing and who knows – we could all be walking internets in the very near future.
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