Why wear a device when you can embed it in your skin? The technology industry is evolving so rapidly that wearable gadgets such as Smartwatches and Activity-tracking bands are overshadowed by the next big thing: implantables.
Experts are quite optimistic about the future of wearable gadgets, however, as was highlighted in the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, we should anticipate some new tech trends soon and implantables are one of them. According to expert predictions, top 3 trends to catch on by 2023 are: implantable tech, human vision as a new interface and a pocket super computer.
Implantables, or embeddables, are miniature devices implanted in your body. It acts as a monitoring device: transferring data to a remote center, direct the patient to take a specific action, or automatically perform a function based on what the sensors are reading.
An example of these miniature devices in terms of healthcare is heart monitoring. Cardiac outpatients experiencing arrhythmias who needs their heart monitored for an extended period of time have traditionally worn a Holter monitor for 24 hours but it is not ideal and clinically significant arrhythmias can be missed.
Implantables are widely used in the biomedical engineering field to sense parameters of various diseases but that’s not the only field it can excel in.
For instance, in 2014, artist Anthony Antonellis got a RFID-chip embedded under his hand skin to secure copyright of his works. Amal Graafstra, a famous tech entrepreneur implanted 2 RFID-chips in both hands which led to the launching of his own company, Dangerous Things that manufactures and sells sets for DIY chip embedding. These chips are fully compatible with smart devices and can be programmed to fulfill certain tasks such as close the door, turn off PC, etc.
According to MYOB’s The Future of Business Australia 2040 report, most workers are predicted to have embedded personal technology within 18 years. “Forget ‘wearable tech,’” the report claims. “In 25 years’ time you’ll be able to have chips embedded in your body, allowing you to access everything from phone calls to appliances.” It is the ultimate convenience.
It is not just about microchips, biomagnets are surprisingly becoming more popular among people that like modifying their bodies. Implanted to the finger or underneath the palm skin, such biomagnets provides a rewarding experience for the user, letting the user feel a magnetic field or manipulate tiny iron objects. The prospect of the idea is very useful for people working with tiny mechanisms, minimizing the loss of small details.
The future of implantable technology is wide-ranging and the possibilities are endless, the potential enormous. One thing is for sure, implantable technology is happening and it may be prevailing sooner than we realise. It is indeed, the future.