- The device is particularly helpful for optogenetic studies, which use light to influence brain activity. This typically entails wrapping wires around mice’s heads to stimulate nerves and power lights. The new device completely eliminates the need for wires, taking power directly from the mouse’s body and transferring it to the nerves.
- The new way of delivering wireless power to optogenetic setups provides both mice and scientists with a lot more freedom during experiments. Ada Poon, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, thinks that other labs will quickly adopt the technology.
- Optogenetics can be applied to mice that have been genetically modified to be susceptible to manipulation from light. Scientists developed a chamber that emits radio waves as a mouse walks over it, and the energy is transferred through its foot and into a tiny coil in the implanted wireless device.
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