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Researchers Push Implanted User Interfaces 84

Posted by timothy
from the well-if-it's-good-enough-for-cadavers dept.
MatthewVD writes "A new, user interface-enabled generation of electronics that you wear under your skin could be used for convenience, or even pleasure, rather than medical reasons. Scientists at Autodesk Research in Toronto have implanted electronics with user buttons, pressure sensors and LEDs under the skin of a cadaver's arm and wrapped in artificial skin. The electronics could buzz you when you have an appointment, carry memory cards with data, or connect you in a social network with others wearing electronics."
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Researchers Push Implanted User Interfaces

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  • by starworks5 (139327) on Saturday May 05, 2012 @06:52AM (#39900531) Homepage

    Here's to a cashless society!

    http://www.infamouskidd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/in-time-clock.jpg

    Because freedom isn't free.

  • Re:Is it practical? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 05, 2012 @07:05AM (#39900583)

    Instead of just getting mugged, you get dismembered!

    Behold, the march of progress.

  • The end result (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grayhand (2610049) on Saturday May 05, 2012 @07:28AM (#39900645)
    How long until we are encouraged to get "subsidized" implants so we get helpful reminders about "special offers". Then one day I find myself getting offers of dick pills in my sleep by my subsidized implants. I find touch interfaces annoying enough so why on earth would I be implanted with a device that will be out of date in a year? Implants mean being tracked 24/7 and being at the mercy of those making the implants. Already there's talk of companies requiring implants to access facilities. The first time I saw some one had been implanted with a tracking chip I didn't say how wonderful I got the cold sweats. Most people are sheep which means I get swept along with what they'll accept. Great our new computer system at work requires implants so I either agree to it or I get fired or handed a broom. Can't happen? Flown on a plane lately? They practically require DNA. Everyone accepts it because it makes us "safer". Millions of people jump through hoops and give up rights without a shred of proof that it makes us safer and yet they accept it. Before the technology moves forward I want a law banning a requirement to have the implants for any reason. Fine if it's an option but as soon as ANYONE requires you to have it to have a job or access a bank account our freedom is long gone. People can say how cool all they want, the first time a chip in my arm vibrates to tell me I have a new spam e-mail is the moment I dig it out with a dull spoon.
  • Just fantastic (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 05, 2012 @08:17AM (#39900805)

    I mean what could possibly go wrong?

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.

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