A joint team from Arkenlight (Great Britain) and Axorus (France) have built the first artificial neuron powered by a Tritium Radiovoltaic micro-power generator.
This electronic piece of technology is a circuit behaving like a biological neuron. It is used inside an artificial retina for patients suffering from Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and will also be used for the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases.
Scientists at the company that develops neurocomputer interfaces, Axorus, have been able to power an artificial neuron with the help of the Arkenlight micro-power, which is the result of recycling nuclear waste such as tritium and carbon-14.
The combined technologies of the two companies allow creating a wider range of self-powered medical devices and demonstrate the possibilities for long-lasting autonomous implanted medical devices.
According to Arkenlight