Researchers develop an injectable, microscopic chip to monitor physiological conditions

Shawn Knight

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The big picture: The goal is to inject chips into the human body using a hypodermic needle and communicate with it using ultrasound. At present, the prototype is able to measure body temperature, although future revisions could monitor metrics like blood pressure, respiration and glucose.

Researchers at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed the world’s smallest single-chip system that is a complete functioning electronic circuit.

The implantable chip, fabricated by TSMC, is as small as a dust mite and can only be viewed under a microscope. It consumes a total volume of less than 0.1 cubic millimeters and rather than using traditional RF communications links, the team is relying on ultrasound to power and communicate with it wirelessly.

As EurekaAlert highlights, traditional implanted electronics up to this point have been highly inefficient in terms of volume, often requiring multiple chips, packaging, wires and external transducers. Many also use batteries for energy storage.

Ken Shepard, the study’s leader, said they wanted to see how far they could push the limits on how small a functioning chip they could make. “This is a new idea of 'chip as system'--this is a chip that alone, with nothing else, is a complete functioning electronic system,” Shepard added.

Image credit: Billion photos, Chen Shi Columbia Engineering

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Neatfeatguy

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Good luck getting anyone vaccinated now...

Not sure what folks are concerned about....if you utilize any kind of electronic device or utilize a debit card, you can easily be tracked.....let's get real here, you can be tracked by your gait via camera feed, if were to come down to it.

Unless you're willing to live completely off the grid (no internet access, no devices that connect to the internet, no running gas/water/power, no utilization of any kind of currency....just living off the land in a place that no one venters to, even by foot if they were out on a hike) you can't hide.
 

terzaerian

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Not sure what folks are concerned about....if you utilize any kind of electronic device or utilize a debit card, you can easily be tracked.....let's get real here, you can be tracked by your gait via camera feed, if were to come down to it.

Unless you're willing to live completely off the grid (no internet access, no devices that connect to the internet, no running gas/water/power, no utilization of any kind of currency....just living off the land in a place that no one venters to, even by foot if they were out on a hike) you can't hide.
Next time you're in a public restroom, you better be going with the stall door open.
 

noel24

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Not sure what folks are concerned about....if you utilize any kind of electronic device or utilize a debit card, you can easily be tracked.....let's get real here, you can be tracked by your gait via camera feed, if were to come down to it.

Unless you're willing to live completely off the grid (no internet access, no devices that connect to the internet, no running gas/water/power, no utilization of any kind of currency....just living off the land in a place that no one venters to, even by foot if they were out on a hike) you can't hide.
Tell It to Osama Bin Laden. He lived off the grid and CIA confirmed His position by allegedly sending a fake vaccination program doctor. Go figure...
 

psycros

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Nothing is done for your own good despite what is said. This is about your insurance cost

NAILED it. About 20 minutes after this tech is ready for market it will be mandatory if you don't want your insurance to double. They'll be trying to sneak it into vaccines and other standard shots as well, which means that career criminals will avoid getting immunized making them an even greater hazard to society.
 

Angga B

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If it is MIT or CalTech then I may give it the benefit of the doubt. But Columbia... Obama must be so proud of his almamater. Ahem.
 

Mister_K

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Not sure what folks are concerned about....if you utilize any kind of electronic device or utilize a debit card, you can easily be tracked.....let's get real here, you can be tracked by your gait via camera feed, if were to come down to it.

Unless you're willing to live completely off the grid (no internet access, no devices that connect to the internet, no running gas/water/power, no utilization of any kind of currency....just living off the land in a place that no one venters to, even by foot if they were out on a hike) you can't hide.

If you don't want to be tracked chuck all your belongings in the ocean and go live in some far, far remote jungle. It's what I tell my friend(s) who are this paranoid.

Worried about privacy, tracking etc yet the very same person will use a mobile device and have social media accounts. Like cmon!
 

terzaerian

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The position that "well we're being tracked anyway so if you want privacy you need to go live in a forest" is solely rationalization of one's own laziness and inability towards seeking privacy and pushing to roll back encroachment on it, by way of 'the perfect being the enemy of the good.'

Of course it is impossible to have perfect privacy, the same way eradicating poverty is impossible, but that hardly means that seeking better privacy and seeking to reduce poverty anyway you can is inherently foolish.

People that hold that position literally make the world a worse place to live in.
 

Mister_K

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Next time you're in a public restroom, you better be going with the stall door open.

No one tracks you because you are important. You get tracked for analytics. This very website tracks you. You get tracked as soon as your cell exchanges data with the nearest tower and "shutdown" is not really a shutdown and your device is still transmitting data.

So what's the point of worrying? I am certainly talking about the mongs that get so paranoid about being tracked yet they use all these services that are known for **** privacy. "Gov is spying on YOU" bullshit mate.

You want privacy, go, live away from humanity because doors being locked in a toilet won't help you ;)

PS: I am not advocating letting go of privacy. Just to come into terms with a level of it. When you have congress attempting to pass bonkers laws that seriously hurt privacy/freedom of speech and access to internet, that's when you have to worry.
 

Mister_K

Posts: 2,064   +768
The position that "well we're being tracked anyway so if you want privacy you need to go live in a forest" is solely rationalization of one's own laziness and inability towards seeking privacy and pushing to roll back encroachment on it, by way of 'the perfect being the enemy of the good.'

Of course it is impossible to have perfect privacy, the same way eradicating poverty is impossible, but that hardly means that seeking better privacy and seeking to reduce poverty anyway you can is inherently foolish.

People that hold that position literally make the world a worse place to live in.

You are using free services. Don't like it? Don't use it. Tracking is used for UX research and improvement of web services. When that data is sold it's a problem as it's not theirs to sell but that's a whole other discussion.

Want better privacy? Start being paranoid and VPN tunnel, get burner phones, wear a bloody mask in the public (not much of a problem atmo) because them CCTV cameras are everywhere. Hell, don't use a bank they can track you too.

How deep do you want to go about this topic and what do you actually want changed? Please start identifying the problems. It's all well and good talking about it then forgetting and going on about your day. Everyone that moans about privacy just says "WE WANT PRIVACY" what kind? Less web tracking, less CCTVs? Ok maybe you want every app to have easy ToS that has every tracking option togglable upon installation, well, that's a good start.
 

Mugsy

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The other day, there was some (highly skeptical) debate here regarding Apple's claim the next Apple Watch could monitor your glucose.

An injectable chip would work better, though it would likely dissolve as quickly as current CGM's must be replaced (every 10-14 days) at the same huge cost.

The technology is getting there, but the pricetag likely isn't.
 

JamesBlond

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Lmao.... this has been around for ages... and over 100million people have already got the chip from the last covert-19 fac-seen
 

Gastec

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They are concerned because a large portion of the US population is stupid and believes that the vaccines are actually implanting 5G mind control ships into the population. And this just gives anti-vaxxers yet another "excuse/reason" to argue against the good of the public health.
There is no need for implanted "mind control" sheeps, I mean chimps,CHIPS, CHIPS! There are mobile devices, social networks, blogs and TV for that.
 
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