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Implanted Electronics

Never Misplace Your Watch
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Hate wearing watches? So do I; they're heavy, impede my typing efforts, and are so 19th century to boot.

Here is what I propose: implanted thin-film-transistors (TFTs), which are implanted subcutaneously, and show through the way a tattoo does.

It can do more than display the time. It can display your address book contacts (no more jotting down numbers on your hand, or easily lost bar napkins). It can serve as a "handy" reminder, as it displays your To-Do list, or your upcoming appointments.

It synchronizes with your computer thru bluetooth, so you don't have to meddle with exposed ports in your asundered flesh.

The device would ideally be powered by thermal generators operating on a principle known as the Seebeck-Peltier effect, utilizing the human's body heat as the source.

If the peltier effect isnt upto powering such electronics, perhaps its time to develop in-body powerplants which would deliver the power "body-wide" by way of ultra-thin electrical cabling.

Once the human powerplants are ready, people can start implanting fluorescent or LED cables subdermally, which can be programmed to respond to music, or generate random lighting effects to make for some exciting skin light shows.

Linuxthess, Aug 26 2004

The Seebeck Effect http://www.fact-ind...seebeck_effect.html
Power from Heat differential [gnomethang, Oct 17 2004]


       I suspect that you intended to employ the Seebeck Effect which is the flip side of the Peltier Effect (see link).
Where will you get your heat differential from?.
What happens when you bang your arm (typing!)
Will we 'be assimilated'(q.v.)?
gnomethang, Aug 26 2004

       Preheated in science fiction for decades.....
normzone, Aug 26 2004

       Take a look at a some of my ideas...   

       I have had a few vounteers for the "procedure"... Now to get the surgeon to perform the fashion...   

       :) I would love to see this idea baked :)
forgeman, Aug 26 2004

       I read somewhere that they are currently developing a pacemaker that operates by breaking down sugars from the bloodstream, in essence running on the same energy source every other organ runs off of. Couldn't find it right now though.
Voltmeter, Aug 27 2004

       My body is a temple and I would never pollute it with such man-made obscenities, err... except msg, beer etc.
dobtabulous, Aug 27 2004

       //impede my typing efforts, and are so 19th century to boot.//   

       Your watch must be cooler than mine; mine doesn't have to boot up. No wonder yours is so heavy.
Etymon, Aug 27 2004

       1. Peltier-Seebeck effect: perfectly realistic. There is already a regular wristwatch that runs on it. Remember it only runs on a heat DIFFERENCE; in other words, the difference between the inside of your body and the surface. In the wristwatches, the difference between the surface of your body and the surface of the watch, which is radiating heat away into the environment and therefore cooler.   

       2. TFTs in the arm: not realistic. The TFTs just control the LCD material; they don't provide the light-blocking themselves.   

       It's a good idea that's been around for a while, but no one seems to know how to implement it. I would look into something like what squids do, with little pouches of colored liquid (?) in organelles in their cells, which are squeezed into star shapes or contracted into little balls depending on what color they want the cell to look. Or like the electronic paper that uses tiny microscopic balls that flip to the black side or white side depending on an electrostatic charge. Both seem more implementable than a thin film of LCD material.
omegatron, Nov 28 2004


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