Resorbable circuits: transient electronics that dissolve inside you

Scientists at Tufts University in Massachusetts have announced the development of implantable circuits which are capable of being dissolved and absorbed into the human body over time. Known as resorbable or transient electronics these ultra micro devices are covered by magnesium oxide, along with an outer jacket of silk allowing them to be implanted into the human body where they would remain functional for a period of time before dissolving and being absorbed into the body.

Obvious potential uses are in medical research and diagnostic testing. However, given the project’s DARPA funding, there would appear to be a number of intelligence related uses contemplated.

Via Popular Mechanics.

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  1. Not necessarily an intelligence application. DARPA funds lots of advanced technology with some real or theoretical defense-related benefit. Recommended reading: “The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World” (from the Internet to Artificial Limbs) by Michael Belfiore (2010).

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