30 Apr '13, 3pm

Hacking Pacemakers

And a second reason for the wireless communication was just more information. So now you can collect information that was, previously you’d require physical intervention to collect it. In the old days, moreover, pacemakers, when you’d reprogram them—let’s say you want to change the settings a bit—in the old days what you’d do is you’d take a needle and you’d plunge it through the armpit of the patient and twist. And that would effectively twist the little implanted dial to change the settings. So, of course, wireless or radio-based communication is much more desirable than those kinds of situations, where you’re doing these physical interventions.

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