The latest trend in biohacking comes with a science fiction implication: In collaboration with Dusseldorf's Cyborg Fair the Biohacker of have Grindhouse Wetware developed an LED-implant called Northstar V1, that can be activated magnetically.
The implant, which is prepared from surgical silicone, is about the size of a silver dollar and resembles a miniature of the Arc reactor of Tony Stark. „The people from the scene biohacking wanted that so,“ said the team in an interview with Motherboard. „They contacted us, because they wanted glowing tattoos. The Community thus inspired us to the development of these implants.“ Once inserted, the implant with an external magnet, the five LEDs for 10 Can illuminate long seconds, be activated. After the time has expired, returns the device back to idle mode, until the user is re-activated.
Grindhouse wetware was in 2012 from a self-proclaimed „rag tag group of programmers, engineers, and enthusiasts“ founded, inspired by the biohack.me Forums. Today is the goal of Grindhouse, To design and manufacture equipment, simply with a guide itself can be produced and this using safer, affordable open source technology. Here, of course, raises the question, if something is ultimately harmless to health. For this purpose, one should make sure, that the North Star V1 was made clean and sterile and also should not get the idea you, wishing to use the implant itself, but this is to be carried out only by trained professionals. As with all subcutaneous implants in the conventional body modification always a risk of infection or that the implant will be rejected by the body.
Next, the question arises for the life of the battery. The implant can with a battery 100’000 shine time. Subsequently, it must removed, resp be replaced, a circumstance, because the team is hoping the version to be able to change two. Northstar 2.0 should then also several colors dominate and, if things go as Grindhouse co-founder Tim Cannon, can be synchronized with a smartphone app. Cannon to: „Imagine, you just have to move your hand and the implant detects the motion and sends the data to your smartphone. There you have already stored the command for this movement, such as the opening of the car door. Then, the smartphone communicates with the car and the door opens.“ The team also plans a biometric data reader in their future devices integrate, similar to those, in a FitBit or Apple-Clock are installed. „We want to implement science fiction into reality“, explains Cannon. More pictures, also as the implant is inserted, finds her on Motherboard or check out the following Video below. Well friends, Do you want such a Northstar implant under the skin?