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They Invented What? (No. 155)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 10, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 5,638,832: Programmable subcutaneous visible implant.

 

What is claimed is:

1. An implant for subcutaneous insertion beneath a skin surface, the implant comprising:

          a control module adapted to be located beneath the skin surface, the control module providing a display signal representative of an image to be displayed; and
          a display device adapted to be located beneath the skin surface, the display device displaying the image through the skin surface based upon the display signal.

2. The implant of claim 1 wherein the control module includes a battery for powering the implant.

3. The implant of claim 2 wherein the control module includes a magnetic sensor for recharging the battery from an external power source.

4. The implant of claim 2 wherein the control module includes a magnetic sensor for powering the implant from an external power source.

5. The implant of claim 1 wherein the control module includes a receiver which receives information used in forming the display signal.

6. The implant of claim 5 wherein the information includes display information.

7. The implant of claim 5 wherein the information includes programming information.

8. The implant of claim 7 wherein the control module includes a microprocessor which performs a sequence of programmed steps to form the image, wherein the sequence of programmed steps are based upon the programming information received by the receiver.

9. The implant of claim 5 further comprising a sensor which receives a signal representative of the information, wherein the receiver is responsive to the sensor.

10. The implant of claim 9 wherein the receiver includes a decoder coupled to the sensor, the decoder decoding the signal representative of the information.

11. The implant of claim 5 further comprising an infrared sensor which receives an infrared signal representative of the information, the infrared signal being transmitted from a location exterior to the skin surface.

12. The implant of claim 11 wherein the infrared signal is a frequency modulated (FM) signal.

13. The implant of claim 12 wherein the receiver includes a FM decoder coupled to the sensor, the FM decoder decoding the infrared signal representative of the information.

14. The implant of claim 1 wherein the display device includes a liquid crystal display.

15. The implant of claim 14 wherein the liquid crystal display contains a two-dimensional array of pixels which are selectively activated based upon the display signal.

16. The implant of claim 1 wherein the control module includes a microprocessor which performs a sequence of programmed steps to form the image.

17. The implant of claim 1 further comprising means for backlighting the display device.

18. An implant for subcutaneous insertion beneath a skin surface, the implant comprising:

          a sensor which receives a signal representative of information used to form an image, the signal transmitted from a location exterior to the skin surface, the information containing at least one of programming information and display information;
          a decoder, operatively associated with the sensor, which decodes the signal;
          a processor, operatively associated with the decoder, the processor forming an image signal using a sequence of programmed steps, wherein the programmed steps are based upon the programming information received by the sensor;
          a display driver operatively associated with said processor and which produces a display signal in dependence upon the image signal formed by the processor; and
          a display device adapted to be located shallowly beneath the skin surface, the display device operatively associated with said display driver and adapted to display the image through the skin surface based upon the display signal.

19. An implant for subcutaneous insertion beneath a skin surface, the implant comprising:

          an infrared sensor which receives an infrared signal representative of information used to form an image, the infrared signal transmitted from a location exterior to the skin surface, the information containing at least one of programming information and display information;
a frequency modulation decoder, operatively associated with the infrared sensor, which decodes the infrared signal;
           a processor operatively associated with the decoder, the processor forming an image signal using a sequence of programmed steps, wherein the programmed steps are based upon the programming information received by the infrared sensor;
           a display driver operatively associated with the processor and which produces a display signal in dependence upon the image signal formed by the processor; and
          a liquid crystal display adapted to be located shallowly beneath the skin surface, the liquid crystal display operatively associated with said display driver and having a two-dimensional array of pixels which are selectively activated based upon the display signal, whereby the display device is adapted to display the image through the skin surface.

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  1. RyanL said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    If installed the way it’s displayed in the drawing, it would be upside-down to the host. Just sayin’.


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