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Tiny solar panels under your skin are almost ready to power the next generation of medical devices

The six-month study (at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10439-016-1774-4) gave 32 volunteers in Switzerland an arm-strapped box covered with filters simulating human skin containing solar panels, batteries, and electronics. The participants wore the device for one week in the summer, autumn, and winter while going about their daily routines. The power generated on average was multiple times the 5-10 microwatts required by a standard cardiac pacemaker used to regulate irregular heart rhythms. Researchers say the lowest power recorded during the trial was 12 microwatts.

In the new study, sunlight and artificial light energized the panels, with considerable power generated even indoors and during cloudy days. But it’s still a proof of concept. While not much larger than a credit card, the device was still too large and unwieldy to be implanted in the neck (where the panels would absorb the most light). The next step is to design and test a device that includes smaller, flexible solar panels optimized for low-light conditions, and with the right materials to safely encase the electronics that would go under a person’s skin. Finally, an effective solar-powered medical device would need to include a slim battery to store power for periods when light is in short supply.

See https://qz.com/877351/study-tiny-solar-panels-under-your-skin-are-ready-to-power-the-next-generation-of-pacemakers-and-medical-devices/

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"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate." Donald Trump
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Say What? A Site Wide Sale? Well, it is a Black Friday event! Check it out: www.tubking.com #blackfriday #cybermonday #thanksgiving
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The "outdoor bathing" movement must be growing. Tub King gets more and more calls for bathtubs which are going to be placed outside. ‪#‎outdoors‬ ‪#‎bathtubs‬ Would you create an outdoor bathroom if you could?

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Which cast iron tub do you like best? Take the poll. bit.ly/castironpoll ‪#‎bathtub‬ ‪#‎bathrooms‬ ‪#‎tubking‬
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What fans are saying: "Swamp Witch" is the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" of the new millenium!" #cheesyfilm #indie https://www.facebook.com/swampwitchmovie 

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If you are a home builder or remodeler it is time to be thinking of the future for the 'aging in place' demographic and consider a walk in bath option for your elderly or disabled clients.
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