Human Skin Hacked for Broadband, Probably Faster Than Our Apartment
Don't expect to get plugged directly into the Web and have your body turned into a router, though, as this tech is meant primarily for medical purposes. Unfortunately, current options for patients whose vital signs require constant monitoring entail either tangled messes of cables, or battery-sapping wireless technologies like Bluetooth. According to Sang-Hoon Lee, one of the researchers on the project, the skin-based network would reduce power requirements by 90-percent.
The Korea University crew is working with an unnamed "large electronics manufacturer" to build health-monitoring systems with the new technology and special electrodes. Of course, we could easily see this coming to the consumer market one day, too. Imagine wearing a wireless headset that communicates with your iPhone through your skin, rather than through one of those tacky, hackable Bluetooths. (Blueteeth?) [From: NewScientist, via: TechRadar]
[Ed. note: The article has updated to clarify that Japanese researchers first demoed this technology in 2005.]