AUSTRALIA’S $300 million Taronis cell phone project is set to be the first in the world to deliver a fully functional cell phone through a human-to-human implant.
The new project, which is in its early stages, will be funded by a $300,000 grant from the Australian National University and will begin commercial production in about three years.
The goal of the Taronissi project is to develop the technology to provide “immunity against disease, trauma and other adverse effects of radiation and radiation-related injuries”, the university said.
It was the first-ever cell phone implant made by human-powered technology and is set for commercial deployment within two years.
Taronis was developed by the Australian Institute of Technology (AIT), a research university based in Melbourne.
Its prototype, developed in partnership with Taunton University in Tasmania, was a fully functioning cell phone with a battery pack that could be charged via a USB port.
The project was initially set up to create a fully autonomous cell phone but has since been extended to allow it to provide a human user with a more comfortable experience.
“This is the first cell phone implanted using human-designed technology, so it’s really exciting to see the world’s first commercial cell phone,” Professor Mark Taunson, who led the project, told the ABC.
“We’ve got a really good chance of being able to develop a human replacement for the human body and to have it be fully human-enabled.”
Professor Taunsey said it was “absolutely” possible that this first cell-phone implant could be used in future medical trials to develop new treatments for cancer and other diseases.
The first human-controlled cell phone is expected to be completed within two to three years, Professor Taunsson said.
Taunson said the device was “a little bit like the future of technology”, in that it would provide the user with “human-like experiences”.
“The first thing you would want to do is make sure that you’ve got the device fully functional and fully comfortable, because that is going to be a huge part of the user experience,” he said.
“If you can get that, it’s going to help a lot of people.”
He said he expected Taronisi to be used as a replacement for current cell phones for a wide range of purposes.
“I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of that in the future, but it’s a very interesting device to use in those types of applications where we can be providing an experience that is very similar to the user’s own,” he told the program.
Taulis is not the first of its kind to have a human body implant on a smartphone.
In August, the German Federal Institute of Research (DFRI) announced it had developed a new implantable “cortical robot” that could help doctors perform a range of medical tasks.
The “robotic” device uses a computer system to communicate with a person’s brain and sends commands via Bluetooth to an external device.
The DRI said it would use the robot to assist in surgery and monitor the patient’s health, but there were no details about its exact functionality.