Engineers have used human blood to make a 'memristor,' a component that remembers its last use and adapts to it.
The team of engineers, based in India, announced recently that blood is they key to their work on a technology that could revolutionize data storage. So how does the memristor work?
Those even passingly familiar with electronics should find part of the name familiar. It sounds very much like a resistor. A resistor is an part of a circuit put in to resist the flow of electricity. A memristor is a more sophisticated version of a resistor. The first syllable of its name comes from the word 'memory'. Instead of resisting at the same level each time, a memristor resists at a different level each time, depending on the last voltage that was applied to it.
Circuits with a memristor can adapt and change each time a new voltage is applied to them. They can be used in logic circuits and signal processing. Other memristor have been invented - the first one in 2008 - but none before have been, literally, a combination of human and electronic parts. The new memristor's inventors have tested it, successfully, both with tubes full of stationary blood and tubes of flowing blood. Both memristors have the ability to remember the last applied voltage for five minutes.
The same team that invented this new memristor is working on other electronic components that include human bodily fluids. There's no word as to how far their other technologies have developed, but those who want to become cyborgs, please inquire at the Education Campus Changa in Gujarat.