I cannot state that everything in the movie's script was accurate. However, I can state with confidence that biological organisms generate electrical power. The question is whether that electrical power can be harvested? The matrix could do it, but anything can happen in the movies.
I recently came across a new start-up company that has licensed technology from the University of Colorado that will allow implanted devices to harvest electrical power from their environment, the human body. The company is called Biotricity Medical Inc. (www.biotricitymedical.com) and they're headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Here's the announcement as printed in The Tech Transfer Blog:
The question is whether or not this will work. This technology does seem to be worth watching.
As I had mentioned in an earlier article, limited power was the intractable problem that we faced when I worked for Rosetta-Wireless. We had overcome of variety of significant problems and built a software system with a "bullet-proof" communications system and a variety of other capabilities. The remaining problem was powering the mobile server.
The fundamental problems that we faced several years ago have largely been solved by developments in battery and processor technology over the past few years. That experience taught me a great deal about coming up with different methods for powering a mobile system. We attempted to devise methods that would enable us to harvest power from the environment to supplement the battery. Biotricity's method for harvesting power won't have solved the power problems for Rosetta-Wireless, but it could provide the additional power demands required by sophisticated, wireless medical implants.
The next post will discuss the specifics for creating a secure and robust connection over wireless.