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Recent advances in neural dust: towards a neural interface platform.

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2018 Jan 10;50:64-71

Authors: Neely RM, Piech DK, Santacruz SR, Maharbiz MM, Carmena JM

Abstract
The neural dust platform uses ultrasonic power and communication to enable a scalable, wireless, and batteryless system for interfacing with the nervous system. Ultrasound offers several advantages over alternative wireless approaches, including a safe method for powering and communicating with sub mm-sized devices implanted deep in tissue. Early studies demonstrated that neural dust motes could wirelessly transmit high-fidelity electrophysiological data in vivo, and that theoretically, this system could be miniaturized well below the mm-scale. Future developments are focused on further minimization of the platform, better encapsulation methods as a path towards truly chronic neural interfaces, improved delivery mechanisms, stimulation capabilities, and finally refinements to enable deployment of neural dust in the central nervous system.

PMID: 29331738 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]