Interesting article that I thought I would share. Biohackers are starting to implant things such as magnets, computers and other devices into themselves. The first being a magnetic sensor dubbed Northstar:
"Northstar, a subdermal LED sensor that lights up when it’s in the vicinity of a magnet. "
Seems quite simple and maybe even a bit useless at first but this device could come in a lot of help with a little tweaking, such device could be used to track the movement of an individual and help them retrace if they got lost. Add a BTLE device and you could easily turn this into a type of fashion device allowing you to display interesting patters from the hand. Okay I admit, that might be a little weird but most new inventions seem weird at first.
Next up is a bit of an older project, Neil Harbisson a male with an implanted camera that helps correct color blindness
"A camera at the far end of the device records whatever he is seeing and converts the image color data into a series of sound waves, which he has memorized. Instead of seeing various hues, he “hears” them with the help of a camera he calls Eyeborg."
Interesting concept but this device could also be very useful, say helping a blind person more easily navigate by playing small sounds to indicate how far things are away or maybe even with the addition of a thermal reading device they could have something to help them not touch extreamly hot items and get burned.
Third Is a device that allows a man to hear echolocation. The device, a magnet, is not even electronic which is a plus in my opinion.
"On both of his ears are tiny magnets that Lee uses to listen to music without earbuds (here’s how) and sense objects in his vicinity"
This implant seems very cool to me, I can't think of how many times I have forgotten my earphones, including right now.
Next a device that almost looks like a biohackers implanted a cellphone into their arm. I found the picture quite gruesome myself so viewer discretion is advised.
"bulky biometric computer that’s capable of transmitting body temperature and pulse data wirelessly. "
The concept is quite sound in fact smart watches have been working to achieve the same thing, however in a MUCH smaller package. If this device were minimized to a device that didn't look like a phone popping out of your skin, I could see a lot of use for it. With a few tweaks you could have it monitoring blood sugar which could help many people facing diabetes.
Lastly the article mentions the future of such devices with tattoo like implants being more of an adoptable means of these sensors and implants and I would agree, something that doesn't scream hey look I have some technology in me would go over much easier in society.
Those are my opinions your mileage may and will vary, let me know what you think in the comments below, are these people crazy or innovative or even both. Looking forward to seeing what you all have to say.