Implantable computer chip, would this work?
edited May 2016 in Coatings, transdermals, other implants
With new microprocessor technology such as the Raspberry Pi Zero, do you believe that it would be feasible to implant such a device? Possibly using implanted earphones in order to transmit information, alongside a 3/4G connection and a microphone, possibly in the wrist area, it could be possible to connect yourself to the Internet, making any information achievable. Or, you could have a cell phone number (as in an implanted SIM card), and have no worries about ever losing your phone. Has anyone else thought of such an implant? If so, please share your ideas. If I am missing something, please tell me.
The SIM series Cellular modules might be worth looking into. They sport GSM/2G/3G, GPRS and even GPS/GNSS (probably not much use under your skin without an external, active antenna though...).
https://www.adafruit.com/categories/281 Prices are 30 to 80 US$, depending on amount of features etc. Physical sizes and features/specs are listed for each device. You'll need a µController to drive it, more or less like ThomasEgi
said. They have an AT command interface with "auto baud" detection.
A simple & smaller Cellular alternative, in the Feather series:
https://www.adafruit.com/products/3027 Supports 2G, GPRS, Bluetooth & FM radio. This board comes with an ATmega32u4 @ 8MHz µController.
None of these are of same caliber as the RPis in terms processing capabilities.
Also, keep in mind that signal reception for 4G (or worse yet, 5G when it comes around) is easier blocked by soft tissue (bodies of water in general) than 3G and the older protocols.