Battery powered BION FES network.


The Alfred Mann Foundation is completing development of a coordinated network of BION microstimulator/sensor (hereinafter implant) that has broad stimulating, sensing and communication capabilities. The network consists of a master control unit (MCU) in communication with a group of BION implants. Each implant is powered by a custom lithium-ion rechargeable 10 mW-hr battery. The charging, discharging, safety, stimulating, sensing, and communication circuits are designed to be highly efficient to minimize energy use and maximize battery life and time between charges. The stimulator can be programmed to deliver pulses in any value in the following range: 5 microA to 20 mA in 3.3% constant current steps, 7 micros to 2000 micros in 7 micros pulse width steps, and 1 to 4000 Hz in frequency. The preamp voltage sensor covers the range 10 microV to 1.0 V with bandpass filtering and several forms of data analysis. The implant also contains sensors that can read out pressure, temperature, DC magnetic field, and distance (via a low frequency magnetic field) up to 20 cm between any two BION implants. The MCU contains a microprocessor, user interface, two-way communication system, and a rechargeable battery. The MCU can command and interrogate in excess of 800 BlON implants every 10 ms, i.e., 100 times a second.

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@article{Schulman2004BatteryPB, title={Battery powered BION FES network.}, author={Joseph H. Schulman and Jon Phil Mobley and James Wolfe and Eitan Regev and Claude Perron and Ramagopal Ananth and Elena Matei and A. Glukhovsky and Rima M. Davis}, journal={Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference}, year={2004}, volume={6}, pages={4283-6} }