This chip that sticks to the tooth will be able to do your health check-up remotely
Chipmaker Silicon Labs has presented an SoC so tiny and efficient that it can be glued to a tooth, do saliva tests, and transmit them via Bluetooth.
Silicon Labs markets new circuits aimed at manufacturers of connected objects: the BB50 microcontroller and the xG27 SoC range. The latter is particularly interesting because of its extremely small format, and its Bluetooth connectivity.
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The family’s BG27 chip xG27 measures only 2.3 x 2.6 mm. Riquiqui dimensions that allow you to place it really anywhere. The first connected accessory to incorporate the SoC is a module so tiny thatit can stick to the tooth. Like connected toilets that screen for cancers and infections through urine and stool, saliva analysis makes it possible to establish a health check on no less than 1000 criteria.
The Silicon Labs chip will analyze your saliva on a thousand criteria
While progress in miniaturization is ever more impressive, manufacturers of connected objects are facing a new problem. As devices are getting smaller and smaller, where and how can energy be stored to guarantee them sufficient autonomy? Lura Health, which manufactures this dental module, says that “the BG27 is amazing because it’s small enough that we can develop an IoT sensor that’s smaller than a tooth, and its energy consumption is low enough that autonomy is no longer a constraint […] It has enough memory to store sophisticated firmware, and it has all the peripherals we need to interface with our sensors.”
This type of chip and controller should be increasingly common in the devices that equip our connected homes. It is indeed in home automation and health accessories that Silicon Labs wishes to establish itself. We can thus imagine that, very soon, thanks to these chips, professionals will be able to remotely monitor the vital data of their patientsand respond to emergencies.
Source: Silicon Labs