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Research team proposes mobile phone implants

Fri 29 Jun, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
mobile phone implant

Pacemakers, breast and contraceptive implants are nothing unusual in the 21st century. So the idea of a mobile phone implant shouldn't come as a shock, right? Or? Research to explore this possibility is underway at Autodesk, a Toronto-based software company.

The implant, placed under your skin would be the ultimate unforgettable mobile phone comprising of a series of touch sensors, LEDs, speakers and vibration motors.

Autodesk's team have been trialling the technology both using artificial skin on living humans, and the skin of a cadaver's arm.

The implant could allow users to interact with devices such as mobile phones and tablets. It could pass signals through the skin alerting the user of incoming calls and text messages. A simple button could be pressed to receive the call or hear a recorded message.

A major concern is the potential for these implants to be hacked, which is essentially hacking into someone else's body. This has raised questions of an ethical nature.

One of the main benefits, according to the team behind the implant, is its potential to empower the disabled, and paralysed.

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