edited February 2015 in Prosthetics, wearables, and haptics
I´ve been interested in modifying my fingerprints or erasing them, most of you are going to think that im on illegal things or something like that, but no, reality is that I want to became invisible for the gov. so I dont have any finger prints, I did my research and that is nearly impossible, I tried a "method" I thought it would be right, but it only changed some parts of my finger, I will explain it:
Method 1: (Tried but with poor results)
1.-First I took a sample of my fingerprint on a piece of sheet. (This acted as a "database" to see if there were any diferences on the ending fingerprint)
2.-I bought a box of this type of razor blade.
3.-Then I placed my finger on hot water for 2 minutes (to make sure the skin got soft and I could scrap it better)
4.-Everyday I scraped the skin off my finger, I did this for 5 minutes each day (somedays I went for 10 minutes)
5.-I used alcohol to heal any cut.
6.-I did this for 6 months straight, at that time my finger was very bad , I had a lot of cuts and I couldnt even move it, after that I took another fingerprint to compare the ending print, the result was kind of lame, my fingerprint only changed a little but I thinks this is a very poor result for all the things I did.
Method 2 (Tried and didnt worked)
I tried using "bromelaine" thats an "acid" that the pineapple has.
1.-I used the skin of the pineaple to get that "acid" (that part is where it have more quantity of it)
2.-After I had the "acid" I placed my finger there for 30 mins everyday by 6 months
3.-Then I took another fingerprint to compare the ending print, the result was not positive , mi print didnt changed.
2.-Taking the scalpel and carefully cut a straight line 3/32 of an inch through each dot right into the epidermis, but NOT into the dermis, which would draw quite a noticeable amount of blood. Think "papercut."
3.-Using the tweezers, pick up a small pellet of caustic soda and insert it into one cut. As soon as the lye combines with your bodily fluids, a chemical reaction will result that will last approximately one minute. And yes, this will hurt. It will, in fact, hurt like ******* hell. You may want something to bite down on.
4.-The lye will burn a dark circle 3/32 of an inch in diameter into the dermis with little or no damage to the epidermis. Repeat the procedure with each dot.
Taking the nail clippers, carefully clip the epidermis around the edge of each circle. This will expose concave cavities filled with semiclear jelly. (In case you're wondering, this jelly is burnt skin.)
Within about a month your fingers will have healed. You should have obliterated (or at least seriously altered) any outstanding groups of characteristics. The total count on any one finger will now probably number around 10 - 15 points or less. As an added bonus, you'll have destroyed your cores and deltas, thereby making an accurate classification and ridge count impossible as well as changing the corresponding specifics and formulas. This makes it a bit harder to get an accurate file of your prints back into a computer. The healing process of severely damaged tissue, especially burnt tissue, permanently scars the epidermis, causing the misalignment of the ridge lines in the pattern area. Therefore, a before-and-after visual examination would show the fingerprints are similar but couldn't prove conclusively they are identical. And a before-and-after computer evaluation would indicate the fingerprints do not match and conclusively are not identical.
On the flipside, if you mutilate yourself and then your new, barely-recognizable fingerprints are stored, you are now just identifiable as if you hadn't gone to all the effort of obscuring your originals. If someone lifts your scarred fingerprint off a glass, they can match it to the stored copy of your scarred fingerprint they have on record. You now need to re-scar yourself every time your fingerprints are taken, to essentially stay one step ahead and keep changing your fingertips to make the previous record unreliable.
Obscuring fingerprints is really a short-term solution for people who have records and are being actively hunted, it is not a magic pill for anonymity.
Could you cut strips of skin off two fingers and swap them? After shuffling a few times they wouldn't be recognizable. That made me woozy just thinking about it.
As a point of curiosity and assuming everything healed well, would that even work or would your fingers fix themselves?
@glims: Can you brew up a batch of that Lamellar Icthyosis hand lotion you were telling me about? On a serious note though, could a condition like Lamellar Ichthyosis be given through an AAV or something and localized to the hands? Like maybe daily injections of a non replicating HIV virus?