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The human body is an extremely complex "electrical (neurological) system," with companies continuing their quest to understand and improve capability as related to neural interface, basically connecting the human body directly into computers! There is no question, capabilities in smart phone/watch technologies connected to the internet erases any doubt of the potential to connect people to computers.
With the brain being the human equivalent of the "MicroProcessor", semiconductor companies such as IBM, Intel, MicroChip and MicroSemi have been well aware of potential for connectivity. Others have taken knowledge of neural interface to help humans manage their internal electrical systems, including Medtronic, Philips and Abbott, with a range of pacemakers, defibrillators and neural therapies.
Expanding the potential scope of linking the brain to computers and to the internet has attracted the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, MicroSoft, Neuralink and others, adding to the list that already includes J&J, G.E., T.I., Stryker, and Edwards. MicroProcessors and other ASIC Chips, coupled with MEMS and Sensors, are now seen as the “next big thing” over the next 5 years looking at the Internet of Things (IoT).
SMTA's Medical Electronics Symposium on May 21-22, 2019 at the Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, will discuss these, and more, including medical robotics, equipment, and prosthetics, as well as advanced materials and reliability.
For more information or to register, visit www.smta.org/medical.