Bodytech

There’s wearable tech now. There has been for a while. Clothing that contains sensors to take the body’s temperature, the heartrate, the blood pressure. There are items you can attach to yourself or your own clothing for other things, like music or spoken word or radio. For detecting radiation. Google’s now cancelled Glass. Electronic devices for nearly every use we can device.
Most of them have common everyday names: iPod, Discman, portable radio, heart monitor, pedometer [not for measuring pedophiles] and so on. Even mobile phones can be connected to ‘smart’ watches and headsets so you barely have to even touch the phone. On the lowtech side of things we’ve had spectacles and prosthetic limbs for decades.
Then there is the tech that is placed inside you. Pacemakers for people with heart problems. Dialysis equipment for filtering blood simply. Artificial organs, bionic senses, the list goes on. On the lowtech side again you still have things like metal plates and splints and joint replacements, things that are there for good. Even false teeth, once wood, are now ceramic and sometimes permanently attached.

What you don’t usually hear about are the less popular kinds of tech. The ones people have to do outside hospitals and anaesthesia and sterile surgeries for various reasons. Most of them legal.
There are a few people walking these paths with those advantages, but they are few and far between. Stellarc, the Australian based physical performance artist, is one of them: having robot arms linked to his nerves, growing ears with the intent of making them fully functioning. The rest have to make do. Opening you up to insert an object that could theoretically kill you isn’t a job just anyone will do, let alone even can do.

And it’s something I’ve been personally intrigued by for a long time.
Anywa, here’s the article, “Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers,” from The Verge. Go read it. And wonder with me on just how useful it would be to have a magnet inside your finger.

Nah, sorry, I’ve got a duck though

There were plans to post this earlier, but they never eventuated into reality. Which is totally fine. Just see what we have in here to make up for it. Or don’t. Right now, it’s not a big deal.

In here today we have links that range around hacking and the law, the concept of irony, online privacy, combining the two most popular games of the year, ladies wearing cream, stills from movie sets, clothing humour, a new take on movie posters, ecological technologies, wearable surveillance, mapping fiction, encrypted emails, fortune telling, pornographer revelations, virtual card games, playing asteroids in real life, frustration leads to anger and not the dark side, and bionic implants making a difference for everyone. Sit down and eat up:

I backed the Kickstarter

Once again it’s a long slog between. Not too long, but not short enough. Plans are made and plans are discarded. It’s what life does when it interferes in people living.

This post has been plumped somewhat sufficiently to make up for it though: fashion, motor vehicles, video games, animated entertainment, world friendly energy, photography, digital art, gaming hardware, surveillance [like always], cyberpunk, music parodies, 3d printing, astronomy, astrology, girls of the female persuasion, robotics, life advice, and more I’m sure I’ve not covered in that brief run down. There’s not as much humour, but enjoy it anyway:

And one final one because this is how all proper-thinking people feel about it:

Because of my baby’s medical bills

It’s St Patrick’s Day here and everywhere else around the world: Guinness, green/orange, leprechauns, clover leafs, bad accents, the lot. So here’s something to do while you’re recovering from a bad case of the regrets later.

Horoscopes, urban tourism games, paper art, speakers and more speakers, the meaning of life, a meeting of the keykeepers, wearable tech and new-tech fashion and accessories, thermodynamics, fruit pie electronics, personal computer security ideas, celebrity interviews [well, only one, and that from a few years back], the Scottish play, robot in space, porn shame, console controllers and more! So drink up and celebrate with everyone else:

Once more, apologies for the final link there. It may absorb your soul [and time] ever so slowly.
[And maybe there'll be some actual Pattie's Day links to post by next time.]

It’s an underwater level

It has been a good week for reading; so much that was actually interesting and so little kerfuffle about previously noisy and annoying things. Not that any of them are more important or unimportant compared to the others; rather that it has been a nice change of pace for it all.

Anywa, we have things here about the Olympics [I can still use that word, right?], lots and lots and lots of 3d printing, cinema awards, gemstones, mobile gaming, software updates, weather, subway station remodelling, music and mashups, vehicles, the alphabet [sort of], uplifting things and depressing things, prehistoria unveiled, magicians and murder, webcomics and the rise of civilisations. Dive in, eat up and laugh loudly: