Sensor arrays that can be implanted using a medical grade syringe have been in use for many years, but the tools used to read the data transmitted by these micro-computers needed to be placed directly over the site of injection in order to pick up the signal. A new antenna array designed by graduate student Yao Shi at the University of Michigan is changing that limitation by boosting the distance over which these injectable computers can send their readings.

This improved capability will enable the injected devices to transmit data in real-time to a receiver or smartphone the patient carries in their pocket. With this added functionality, physicians will have a new tool to help patients better monitor the critical vital signs associated with conditions like hypertension and diabetes.

Click here to read more about this research in Michigan Engineering.