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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    dorpass, 11 May 2007 @ 9:04am


    RG, so you imagine that a shuffle can be in your shirt pocket... but can you tell me which iPod was tested for this study? Though so.

    This study is ridiculous and the write up on it is certainly does not help. I can't even understand if these are hard drive based iPods or flash based. It would've also helped to test out other MP3 players and PMP players. And laptops while at it.

    I don't have an iPod and could care less about it winning/losing the sales battle, but some of the articles out there seem like paid-for assassination jobs (iPod's cause hearing damage for one) where somewhat reasonable concern is highlighted only when an iPod is used. Ridiculous.

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