Move over Darwin – evolution doesn’t stand a chance against this DIY Cyborg. American biohacker Tim Cannon has implanted the Circadia 1.0–a computer chip about the size of a pack of cards–under his skin as his first experimental step towards prolonging human life. The wirelessly charged device will monitor his vital signs and transmit that data in real time via Bluetooth to his Android-powered device.
Developed by Cannon and his colleagues at Grindhouse Wetware, Circadia 1.0 helps the user determine if there are certain things causing the user’s body temperature to rise and fall. In an interview with VICE’s Motherboard, Cannon adds that he’ll likely set the device up to “send me a text message if it thinks that I’m getting a fever.” Future iterations of the technology will track the pulse and come in smaller sizes for easier and less conspicuous implantation.
Since Circadia 1.0 is medically unapproved, Cannon inserted the device with the help of body modification enthusiasts—without anesthesia. In the future, Cannon hopes to further connect the device with the surrounding universe. “I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what’s happening in our body,” Cannon explained. “So if, for example, I’ve had a stressful day, the Circadia will communicate that to my house and will prepare a nice relaxing atmosphere for when I get home: dim the lights, let in a hot bath.”
The revolutionary open-source technology doesn’t come without its security risks, however. Since the Circadia transmits information wirelessly, the device could theoretically be hacked, though Cannon does not seem to be worried about the low risk. In the next few months, Cannon and his team plan to launch a Circadia chip that will cost as low as $500.
+ Grindhouse Wetare
Via VICE Motherboard