Wearables 2.0: biomedical implants are the future

Wearables 2.0Away with wearables — implants are what we need! At least that is what Tim Cannon thinks. Cannon is a body hacker who recently integrated an implant in his arm for the purpose of collecting biometric data.

In collaboration with Grindhouse Wetware, Cannon has developed a chip that is capable of measuring all sorts of biomedical data. Among other things, the Circadia measures the wearer’s body temperature and notifies him or her of the potential of catching the flu. All the data is transmitted through a Bluetooth or internet connection.

In an interview with Motherboard, Cannon said he intends to use these types of devices to get in touch with his body more closely. Automation of environments also plays an important role. The thing is that Cannon is working on the development of a device that is able to sense whether the user feels tired or rather energetic. Based on this feeling, it can switch on the lights or put on some music.

Cannon is not the only person who is actively working on implants of this type. Recently, an Indiegogo project was launched with the objective of implanting NFC chips in hands. For only $99, your hand can have a chip inserted.

Amal Gaafstra, the person behind this project, has had a chip in both his hands for years. He uses the chips to open doors, to start his car and as a security token. A drawback is that the user has to install NFC sensors everywhere to use the chips.

Some weeks ago, we wrote a piece about this bio-hacking phenomenon. Back then, we indicated that implants make the human body sensitive to hacking. However, as Cannon explains in the following video, he isn’t worried by this. Since he is a hacker himself, he says he knows exactly what to do if any problems should arise.