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IN Science & Technology ON 26 Nov, 2015
Fashion and body modification are difficult to demarcate now-a-days. On the same lines, biohacker dudes of Grindhouse from the Pittsburg-based DIY, under the leadership of co-founder Tim Cannon, have come up with a revolutionary idea of LED lights that can be implanted beneath the skin. Check this out-
"You know, people from the biohacking community wanted it. They contacted us because they wanted to light up their tattoos. That's how we generated our implants, we let the community inspire us.", told the co-founder of Grindhouse. The LED implants are dubbed as the Northstar V1 and are the same in size to a 2-euro coin, and are magnetically activated. The user only needs to put a magnet over the device and 5 LEDs light up. After ten seconds elapse, the device will go into sleep mode. As claimed by Grindhouse, the LEDs can be lighted 10,000 times before they become non-rechargeable and have to be removed from the body.
Back in 2013, Tim Cannon had installed LEDs in his arm called the Circadia 1.0. It is controlled by a tablet or a phone. However, Circadia is the size of a soap bar, and Northstar is comparatively smaller. But, Grindhouse is already working on V2 which will have an even smaller size.
The company foresees that in the future, the technology will be of use in medical field as well, to check blood pressure, and other applications. Jowan Osterlund prepares for implanting the device into a volunteer Shawn Sarver.
In order to minimize any chances of infection, both the patient and the surgeon wear masks.
The skin is cut subcutaneously in order to insert the chip inside.
The chip is now successfully inserted beneath the skin.
The cut is now being stitched !
The whole process takes about 15 minutes in total.
In this era where humans and technology are deemed as inseparable, such a technology is surely a kick starter. It won't be long before these things enter the mainstream fashion. Let us know how you feel about this awesome invention.