Mobile phones go molar
- By: Claire McKenna
An innovative design for a tooth implant that can receive digital signals from radios, computers, and mobile phones is on display at the London Science Museum this summer.
The creators envisage that a microvibration device and a wireless receiver would be implanted in the tooth during routine dental surgery. The sound is then transferred from the tooth into the inner ear by bone conduction, converting the digital signals into audio.
The device, which sounds more science fiction than science fact, was designed by James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, postgraduate students at the Royal College of Art in London. In its current form, the tooth implant is designed more as a talking point, exploring the possible social and cultural impact of in-body technology. But its makers envisage that it could spark a wave of non-medical devices that could be implanted into the human body.
Although the implant is not yet a