Now It's iPods' Turn To Mess With Pacemakers

from the beep-beep-beep-beep dept

At one point or another, it seems like every new technology or gadget gets a story where it's either deemed safe or harmful to pacemakers -- such as when some mobile phones were said to interfere with some older pacemakers, while a flimsy-sounding study said WiFi was safe. Now, it's the iPod's turn, and a study in Michigan (led by a high-school student) says that they can interfere with pacemakers. The oh-so-comprehensive study didn't look at other types of media players, just the iPod, and tested the highly-likely-in-the-real-world scenario of an iPod being held two inches from the chest of a person with a pacemaker. Now, if iPods or other MP3 players do mess with pacemakers, that's no good. But given the way these stories always pop up, it seems that instead of implying there's a problem with the gadgets in question, perhaps it's time to start looking at ways to make pacemakers a little more resistant to interference so every new gadget isn't a cause for concern?
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    That guy, 11 May 2007 @ 7:06am

    This makes me mad...

    the nerve of some people to point out a potentially life threatening scenarios that could likely happen.

    But your right, they probably shouldn't have pointed out that someone would die until they at least checked out the same scenario with a Zune. Leave it to a high school kid to test with only the most common MP3 player on the market, using the highly likely scenario of someone having a iPod in their shirt pocket, or around their neck or even using the popular arm band. A true researcher would have started with the least common worst selling mp3 player and worked their way up to the iPod. You can tell this kid must be a PC and Microsoft lover, what other logic could he have for going with an iPod?

    And good for you for calling out those lazy scientist for not making their pacemakers foolproof against yet to be determined unique electromagnetic and radiation fields. If they weren't so busy listening to their zunes, I bet they would have come up with the perfect pacemaker by now.

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