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11/05/2013

Man implants computer in arm – taking things too far?

Body_modification_implantIf you have $500 burning a hole in your pocket, why not create a hole in your arm for a body temperature implant?

I wouldn't, that's for sure. But at least someone will – and they think the idea will take off.

Tim Cannon, a body-modifier, is raising eyebrows after he implanted a body temperature meter in his arm.

The Circadia 1.0, about the size of a smartphone, has a battery that can be charged wirelessly. It syncs to any Android smartphone.

LED status lights shine through the skin to indicate how the gadget in his body is working.

While it seems wearable technology is the next big thing – from Google Glass to the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch – this is taking the trend to a whole new level.

Cannon was showing off his latest feat at a body modification conference in Germany.

“I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what's happening in our body," he told Vice's Motherboard.

So in theory, his home's air conditioning could ramp up if he's feeling a little warmer after a tough day at work.

The device, although not made by any major laboratory, appears bulky underneath Cannon's arm, stitch together by a body modification surgery expert, since no certified doctor would dare do any operation like that.

But implanting technology – and chips that can communicate outside the body – seem to be an emerging trend. Some are already experimenting with implantable tattoos.

These things don't really show ink on the human skin, but they become active after someone taps there phone on the skin covering the tattoo chip.

Would you implant a piece of tech in your body? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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