Various imaging methods were used to gather data from the sock's sensors, showing the device could accurately detect biometric measurements like temperature, electrical activity and pH levels in different areas of the organ.
Rogers believes the device could one day be used as an alternative to pacemakers, since the sock completely envelops the organ and can be designed to include electrodes that stimulate the heart. Flashing more chops, the group is also working to make the sheath and its electronics dissolve when the implant is no longer needed.
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The biggest hurdle to overcome will be powering such a device, though embedded micro batteries and wireless power transmission are possible solutions. Next, the group wants to adapt the system for other organs. "Whether you exploit it in full 3D or not, being able to curve around a surface is very valuable," Rogers told New Scientist. "The idea could be applied to any organ."
Check out a video of the device here. Until Rogers' next performance, one of his colleagues should put a cape on him, even though you know he's gonna keep busting back out for an encore.