Send an email from your elbow to your wrist? Scientists can send Broadband through Skin

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Okay, not exactly.. but scientists have discovered a way to send data through a person’s skin.

And it works better than Bluetooth.

Researchers at Korea University in Seoul have transmitted data at a rate of 10 megabits per second through a person’s arm, between two electrodes placed on their skin 30 centimetres apart.

Having internet flowing through your body may sound like some geek dream, but the scientists behind it were most interested in the medical applications: how it could help measure blood sugar and electrical activity of the heart, for example.

Certainly considering how gory those electrodes look above, I’ll stick to using a USB cable to send pictures from my phone to my laptop for the meantime.

[via New Scientist]

Related: Skinput: why touch a screen when you can touch yourself?

Anna Leach