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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

The Verge
Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

They can’t wait for cyborg body enhancements to become available. So they build and implant them by themselves. This is a thrilling (in all possible senses) report on «body hackers». They have magnets implanted in their fingertips to feel electrical waves, wear permanently attached computerised glasses and control a robot arm with their own arm across the Atlantic. Their next challenge: Implant an LED-display under the skin of the forearm to display heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure. What makes this such a compelling read: Here you have the somewhat crazy DIY-wannabe-cyborgs, but then again this is pretty much the direction medical technology, nanotechnology and the likes of Google are leading us to.


From Weekly Filet #80, in August 2014. More on: #

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