As a new Grinder I have a few questions for the community.
Thanks for letting me be apart of this community! Im really excited about the possibilities of Bio-Hacking and its potential future applications.
Personally I absolutely love technology and the possibilities that it presents for use in various forms of art. I have a degree in Arts Technology, which is basically applicable to most forms of multi media and art. Being that art is mostly about form (along with the function of conveying some sort of message) I am mostly used to only expressing myself in this way. I use and am proficient in various coding languages, graphic design, music recording and engineering, video/photography etc. etc. During my studies I encountered many forms of tech that I in turn try to incorporate as mediums into my multi media art. Arduinos being one of the mediums which I use quite frequently. Ill come back to those though.
Now instead of just form over function, ("oh that sounds/looks cool, I wonder what it means"), I have been interested in how these technologies can be used and incorporated into peoples everyday lives, ex. function over form, but I want to balance the two. Being an artist I am used to exploring limits and boundaries and using creativity to think of new and unique ways to convey a message, but I want to start making things with a practical function as well, along with looking or sounding cool. Example, in school I was apart of a group that used an arduino and a 3d printer make and program a unit, that when plugged into an outlet or power strip, reads and displays on an LED screen how much power is being used by said outlet. This could be useful in the green movement or just in every day households, as you can see how much power is being consumed by certain household devices, and then use that information to decide how to minimize that power consumption, therefore reducing your individual carbon footprint and also your bills. I want to extend these types of ideas further.
Here is where I stumbled upon this site. Bio-Hacking!? Sounds absolutely amazing! Not only in terms of human development, but I am also ecstatic with ideas in which I could implement these concepts into my work. I would love to start with the magnets in my fingers. This site has helped me do all the research on the subject and given me a great deal of confidence in getting the procedure done. I fully understand and accept all the risks associated with it. Although I have a couple questions that I would really appreciate the communities input on.
For my day job I am an IT technician at a very big company. I frequently handle computers and various electronics, even down to the hard drives. I know on other posts people have said that magnets will not affect hard drives, credit cards and the like. Are we absolutely sure THESE MAGNETS WILL NOT HARM A HARD DRIVE? Also I have been training, coaching and compete in MMA (mixed martial arts, Yes i fight in a cage) for years now, I am fairly confident that with the correct placement a magnet in a finger or two will not affect anything after the healing process. Has this proven to be correct? Other than these two questions I am very much ready to implant my first bio-hack. Speaking of which, here are my plans and how I am going to do it, I would love to hear comments or concerns on them. I will also be taking a video of the procedure to post on here.
I purchased a few disk shaped 3mm x 1mm bio-proof coated magnets from here, http://www.supermagnetman.net/product_info.php?cPath=31&products_id=2582. Any concerns about these little guys?
As far as the actual implementation goes, I have access to and will be using, professional grade and sterile tools (scalpel to make the incision, tweezers to insert magnet etc.etc.), pro sutures and stitches if needed (if not I will just be using a medical grade liquid glue). There will be two of us, so with the other individual doing most of the work, I don't think any of this will be a problem.
If successful, and I obtain full sensitivity, I am elated with the possibilities of implementing these implants. Not only into my day job (diagnosing computer problems without taking them apart, finding live wires, etc etc.), but especially with my art. I am very very interested in the bottleneck project in which I could turn other various forms of stimuli into a magnetic field that I could (hopefully) feel with my implants. Now my final question (if you have gotten this far thank you so much for sticking around and reading this, I very much look forward to your replies), has any one ever used or even thought about using arduinos to hypothetically pick up various fields (light, sound, radiation of some kind, idk) and then translate them into magnetic pulses that I could then feel with my implants? This may sound very similar to the bottleneck project, which I must admit I have not looked very much into so I don't actually know the specifics on how they plan to get this effect, but feel free to enlighten me. Or reverse that, and I am fairly confident that I could use an arduino to pick up magnetic fields, and then when I wave my fingers over it, I could make the arduino do some sort of desired effect (turn something on, output something like a projection, or sound, the possibilities are endless.) Anyone have any experience or perhaps ideas on how I could use an arduino along with some coding with my implants?