Stanford has prototyped the ability to wirelessly charge pacemakers (HERE
Wirelessly charging pacemakers seems like an idea which makes a lot of sense. In fact, when at WiPower we explored this area with several medical device makers, and the results on the business side were surprising. These included:
- The current battery in a pacemakers last nearly as long as the patents.
- If the battery needs to be replaced, it is likely there is a new generation of pacemaker which would provide an upgrade as compared to the current one.
- The current payment system is focused on procedures, so there is a disinsentive to have long-life products.
It appears that the place wireless power can have a large impact are with high energy devices such as artificial hearts.