Scientists Send Wireless Data Through Pork Loin

Researchers have fired a wireless data signal through a pork loin and beef liver at speeds fast enough to transmit HD video.

The new transmission technique has been dubbed "meat-comms" and could make it easier for doctors to interact with wireless medical devices implanted in our bodies.

Current implants use radio to communicate with the outside world, but the waves struggle to travel through our soft tissue.

Andrew Singer, from the University of Illinois, has previously worked on building underwater ultrasonic systems for the navy and realised that a similar approach could be used for the human body.


He said: "You're a big bag of salt water, with some bones and some other tissues.

"Communicating in the ocean and communicating in your body are very similar."

To test his system, he placed a transmitter in a tank of water, then suspended slabs of meat in front of it.

His team found that the signal passed through both types of meat at speeds of up to 30 megabits a second.

That is 1,000 times faster that existing implants which use radio signals. Prof Singer said: "You could stream Netflix through the pork loin."

One potential use could be the upgrading the endoscopy process.

At the moment it requires a laptop-sized device placed on the outside of the body to pick up the radio feed from an internal transmitter.

But with a strong wireless signal the system could be streamlined and made less cumbersome.

Next, the team is planning to test the approach with real medical implants or living tissue.

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