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Implanted Bluetooth biochip gets under hacker’s skin

Just after his procedure, Tim Cannon described himself as exhausted and excited.

(Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)

If Tim Cannon wants to check his temperature, he doesn't need a thermometer. The biochip that's been surgically implanted in his arm does it for him, transmitting the data in real time, via Bluetooth, to an Android device.

The implant, about the size of a Bic lighter and dubbed the Circadia 1.0, lives between the skin and muscles of Cannon's left forearm in a sealed box, which also contains a battery that can be charged wirelessly. Built-in red LEDs act as status lights, and can be programmed to illuminate the tattoo of a DNA double helix that sits atop Cannon's bulging implant. He's thinking of programming the biosensor to text him if it think he's getting a fever.

While it might look like it, Tim Cannon did not have an iPhone implanted in his arm. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)

"I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what's happening in our body," Cannon, one of a growing number of so-called ... [Read more]

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