Heart-Powered Pacemaker

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Engineers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have developed an innovative pacemaker that is powered by a person’s heartbeat.

Where the average pacemaker relies on batter power that can last up to 10 years before needing a replacement, this new prototype pacemaker operates on electricity created by the users themselves. The electric-based energy is generated through motion and known as piezoelectricity.

According to Amin Karami, a research fellow from the University’s Aerospace Engineering department, their tests show that the energy harvesting portion of this device is capable of generating “sufficient power if the heart rate is between 20 and 600 beats per minute,” thereby proving that “the piezoelectric energy harvesters can continuously power pacemakers.”

For more information on this innovative technology, read the full article at Medical News Today.

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