Device to power walk with the artificial heart
The artificial heart is a mechanical component implanted in the chest to replace the biological heart. Feed it with the movement can increase its autonomy.
Long walks may help people who use artificial hearts. These would be healthy for them, not so much for the value of exercise, but for the power of the organ had in transplantation.
A group of students of Rice University, called “Farmers”, is developing a device able to generate energy and to enter it in the body for supplying an artificial heart. This mechanical component implanted in the chest to replace the biological heart needs external batteries that limit patient mobility.
To increase the autonomy could come in handy the device on which these researchers are working. It is a device placed on the leg, with a motor directly connected to the coupling, to produce energy every time the user bends the knee.
According to the team, it was a real challenge to get a solution comfortable, light and functional. Already in this step the device seems quite comfortable to wear, even for long periods. It is currently not able to power implantable medical devices, but the confidence is concrete on the possibility of failed via wireless in the future. We hope well!