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Guy Inserts Computer into Arm with No Help from Doctors

by Conner Flynn

Some guys are just super hardcore. Like Rambo hardcore. Able to stitch themselves up on the battlefield hardcore. Take this guy for instance. A man named Tim Cannon is a “biohacker,” and he had himself opened up and inserted a computer chip in his arm -with no doctor helping. I must be a wimp, because there is no way I could do this.
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Don’t try this at home kids. Being a walking computer just isn’t worth it. Tim had a large “Circadia” board implanted into his arm. It is even larger than normal due to a special case. The chip is powered by a battery but can also be charged wirelessly.

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This chip sends all of Tim’s biometric signals to an Android device. He would have used a doctor, but he says that no certified doctor could preform the operation to implant the device. So he had a “body modification enthusiast” named Steve Haworth do the surgery. Sadly for Tim, Steve isn’t an official medical practitioner, so he wasn’t licensed to use anesthetics. That had to be painful.

Here’s an update from Tim showing off the wireless charging process for his arm-implanted computer:

Have fun monitoring your biometric signals, Tim. My idea of fun is playing video games.

[via Motherboard via Kotaku]

Comments (4):

  1. dbm85 says:

    That will get infected, which is why a qualified surgeon would not agree to jam science bits subcutaneously into his arm, and then tax paying citizens can support him for the rest of his life. On the bright side now that he can monitor his biometric signals he will likely know when the life threatening infection starts.

  2. Giff says:

    @dbm85 Having seen Steve’s work many times before, I worry more about the very awkward form factor causing thinning of the skin near the corners of the implant than large scale infection. Lets try to look at these bio-hacks in the same open-minded way we do with other previously “whacko” hacks like AR, VR, and wearable computers. Some of these have found new paths to the forefront of tech. Someday implantable bio-sensors may do the same… just not in that horrible form-factor!

  3. KFM says:

    That’s all I could think of, dbm85. Infection, or rejection. There’s no way that the body will not reject this “implant.” Even professional prostheses need anti-rejection medication, some people for the rest of their lives. He’ll be lucky if he doesn’t lose his arm, or his life, because of this.

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