Research Update 3 – Alec McKendell

It is possible to harness power from muscle contractions within the human body. By using a small electromagnetic induction generator to stimulate strong muscle contractions in different parts of the body, another device which can convert those contractions into a rotational motion can generate electricity. In a study which used a leg muscle in a frog, it was proved that it required minimal electrical power in order to stimulate the muscle, and the power which was generated from the contraction was significantly higher that what was required. This new usage of relatively simple technology has the potential to replace lithium-ion batteries in powering implantable biotechnology.



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