Led implants, the future of body modification

Led implants, the future of body modification

Would you have a led inserted in your body?

Now bodies are upgradable too. Recently, a group of biohackers have had a 'Northstar V1' chip, a LED disc about the size of a two euro coin, inserted inside their hands. When activated by a magnet, the LEDs light up in a star pattern under your skin.

Biohackers are people who modify their body with things like chip implants or magnets, and are always looking for new ways to enhance their bodies with implantable technology. 

The device, was created by Grindhouse Wetware, which is a Pittsburgh-based startup that develops technology for biohackers. It is a lightweight version of Circadia, which can read and transmit biomedical data of the bearer. While the Northstar is limited in capability right now, the group aims to have an upgraded model sometime this year that will enable users to control devices using gestures.

“Northstar V1, much like piercings and cosmetic surgeries, is purely for aesthetic purposes. It is a simple device that will prove the possibility of implanting technology in the body and will pave the way for more advanced and functional augmentations,” the company said in a press statement.

Northstar Version 2 will be a “rechargeable device that adds gesture recognition and Bluetooth capabilities, enabling users to control electronic devices with hand movements, as well as add patterns or color variations to LED."

To date, some of the most popular implants for biohackers have included NFC chips and Biomagnets, both of which are generally installed via a syringe or a small incision.

Implanted NFC chips can be programmed to do things like unlock a person's smart lock or replace a user's keycards. Biomagnets, which are usually implanted in a person's fingertips, can be used to pick up small items and give the user a sixth sense of sorts, allowing them to sense invisible magnetic fields from devices around them.

All five people who were implanted with the Northstar Version 1 are members of Grindhouse Wetware and had the device implanted by professional body modification artists.

You can check out the procedure in this video, but be warned, the video is very graphic and not for the faint of heart.


Published on: January 2016
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