Magnet implants in finger

June 21, 2006 at 5:14 pm 3 comments

A close-up shows the discolored, raised area caused by the sheath failure of Quinn Norton's implant. People have been implanting magnets into their ring fingers, to get a kind of sixth sense. I’ve had something like this thanks to my steel engagement ring–I can tell where the security magnets are in shops, etc. I was thinking of making a magnet ring, problem might be keeping it clean and unspiky, considering all the metal filings that would leap up and stick to it? Might work as an emergency compass, though.

Here’s the link to the story: Wired News: A Sixth Sense for a Wired World

Entry filed under: BodyMod, DIY, Gadgets.

Something to read when you’re off the grid Leap tall buildings, etc

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lightcontrast  |  September 6, 2006 at 1:50 am

    Interesting, I never knew that. They make engagement rings from steel?

  • 2. veltis  |  September 6, 2006 at 6:52 am

    These days with gold prices skyrocketing as they have, rings made out of all kinds of materials have become more popular, at least in my shop–the main criteria is that whatever it is shouldn’t cause an allergic reaction. So surgical stainless steel is one option, but so are titanium, niobium, tantalum, carbide, and palladium.

    The next material on the chopping block are diamonds, because of their links to fueling wars in Africa. There are other options though–diamonds from Canada(though this apparently isn’t monitored very well) and cultured diamonds so real you need incredibly expensive equipment to tell that they haven’t been dug out of the ground.

    In the old days before the 30’s, people actually used all kinds of stones and materials to make their rings, including wedding rings. The traditional gold ring with a diamond on it was popularized by a 1938 marketing campaign by DeBeers (the diamond company). It hasn’t actually been like this forever, despite the “a diamond is forever” slogan.

    More info than you needed, I’m sure. 🙂

  • 3. lightcontrast  |  September 13, 2006 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. I learn something everyday. 🙂


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