Dave Hurban’s iDermal


Some say fashion is pain, and in the case of Dave Hurban, it actually is. Hurban recently implanted magnets in his wrist himself — all for the ability to wear his trusty iPod Nano like a watch without having to sport a wristband.

What motivated him to do it? “I just thought it would be cool,” Hurban said in an interview with Digital Trends.

To turn himself into a human iPod dock, Hurban had to make four incisions on his wrist, where he inserted small magnets. After a little bit of blood and some healing, the magnets, for all intents and purposes, are now a permanent part of his wrist. Hurban calls this creation iDermal.

The magnets are placed specifically to hold on to the four corners of the Nano. When he wants to wear his iPod Nano as a watch, all he has to do is hold the player close to his wrist and the magnets grab hold of the player and attach it to his body.

via This Guy Gave Himself Implants for His iPod Nano.

The video is not for the faint of heart.

This is only latest example of personal augmentation, of people modifying their bodies to incorporate technology. As such it is anticipated by cyberpunk, as in the works of William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. What do you think of this?

Quote by William Gibson

This is the quote from Gibson I used in class today, to expand upon CyberReader’s discussion of what kind of place the internet or Facebook is.

It is a way now, approximately, of being at home. The forum has become one of the most consistent places of her life, like a familiar café that exists somewhere outside geography and beyond time zones.

There are perhaps twenty regular posters on F:F:F:, and some much larger and uncounted number of lurkers. And right now there are three people in Chat. But there’s no way of knowing exactly who until you are in there, and the chat room she finds not so comforting. It’s strange even with friends, like sitting in a pitch-dark cellar conversing with people at a distance of about fifteen feet. the hectic speed, and the brevity of the lines in the thread, plus the feeling that everyone is talking at once, at counter-purposes, deter her.

via Goodreads | Quote by William Gibson: “It is a way now, approximately, of being at home….”. [emphasis added]

What kind of place does it feel like to be on the internet or Facebook, or to participate in a chat? Does it deter or entice you?