We've heard of people implanting magnets into their fingers, but next to this they seem almost sensible.
A self-proclaimed 'biohacker' named Tim Cannon has won a strange kind of fame online after implanting himself with a sensor the size of a smartphone.
Cannon inserted the computer chip into his arm in an effort to record and transmit his biometrical data to an external device.
Vice reports that the sensor - a Circadia 1.0 - is an open-source way to monitor different bodily functions. But because surgeons refused to implant it, Cannon had to turn to the fringe body-mod community for help placing it in his body.
Take a look at how the operation went, below, and head over to Motherboard for the full story.
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At a Washington state hacker conference in August of last year called Toorcamp, technologist Amal Graafstra set up shop to give enthusiastic hackers radio-frequency identification implants, Forbes reports. The tiny chips give each implantee a radio frequency identifier -- a long string of implanted digital data that, with the right equipment, can be scanned at a distance.
Hackers with radio frequency implants generally use them as identifiers to get access to cars and other valuables. The IDs are more reliable than fingerprints and more secure than passwords, but can still be copied by other enterprising hackers.
Ever wanted to pick up paperclips with your fingers? Well, now you can -- provided you insert a neodymium magnet into your fingertip. The traditional magnets used for the surgery aren't strong enough to wipe credit cards or hard drives, but they do allow users to sense electric fields. According to magnet-wearer Dann Berg, "power cord transformers, microwaves, and laptop fans became interactive in a whole new way," he wrote on Gizmodo.
But be warned -- if the surgery isn't performed by a doctor, it's not legal to use anesthetic to dull the pain.
You'll literally "feel" nearby objects when you don this sensor suit, made by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Slate reports. The suit uses ultrasonic pulses to detect stimuli up to 60 feet away, and applies skin pressure based on how close the objects are -- and how fast they're approaching.
In tests, blindfolded wearers were able to detect "danger" (and walking pedestrians) coming from any direction, and even hit the "danger" (or maybe the walking pedestrians) with a cardboard version of a Japanese weapon called a shuriken.
Neil Harbisson, founder of the Cyborg Foundation, is colorblind, but for the past 10 years, he's worn an "antenna" that allows him to hear color. Hues are converted to higher or lower-pitched tones that he listens to via bone conduction.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, he explained that this means "going to an art gallery is like going to a concert." Food is also amusing, he said: "Now I can display the food on a plate, so I can eat my favorite song."
The Compass Belt, designed by a German inventor, is studded with vibrating panels, but only the panel pointing north moves at any given time. In experiments in 2004, subjects who wore the belt continuously over six weeks gained a greatly enhanced sense of direction, Wired reports.
However, when subjects finally took off the belt, they were claustrophobic, disoriented and easily got lost -- almost as if they were missing a sixth sense.