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F*cking (Sensory) Magnets, How Do They Work?

In terms of biohacking magnets, there are two categories - sensory and lifting. Lifting magnets, like the Dangerous Things xG3 , allow, as the name implies, the ability to lift small  ferromagnetic objects. Useful for picking up staples, holding screwdriver bits, and impressing people at the bar. With the xG3 being encased in biocompatible glass and syringe-loaded, the installation is comparably easier than sensing magnets. This makes it a strong option for anyone looking to try out implantable magnets but isn't yet dedicated to tracking down and installing a sensory magnet.  Figure 1: Dangerous Things xG3 Lifting Magnet With lifting magnets being easier to both purchase and install, why would anyone opt for a sensory magnet? Well, how do you describe gaining a new sense? It's like imagining what it's like to be synesthetic— or trying to imagine a new color. Anecdotally, I've heard it's  similar  to an itch, vibration, or tickle from the fingertip and magnet. From a

Piercing or Surgery?

  So, I decided to donate plasma  and having never donated before, there was a lengthy intake process that included a health screening and physical. Part of the screening process, of course, was disclosing any tattoos and piercings. What do you have, and when did you receive them? You can probably see where this interaction is headed... Nurse #1 - "What piercings or tattoos do you have?" Oh joy, how am I going to explain that I have LEDs, RFIDs, and magnets in my hand? After a long pause, I more or less slapped my hands onto the desk and just blurted out that I had several implants of different types embedded in my hands. This was followed by another long pause, this time from the nurse - queue awkward chuckling . Surprisingly though, the nurse was very much receptive to the idea once I started explaining that I and others used them to unlock doors and login to computers, store personal information, augment sensory perception, and, of course, be blinky. We discussed the simi

RFID Implants & Windows 10 Authentication

Still unlocking your computer with a password? Bah! Let's use our RFID implant instead. What you'll need... RFID Implant Recommended:  DangerousThings xEM RFID Reader Used:  Misszhang-US 125KHz Proximity Sensor Setup What makes this setup so easy is that the RFID reader acts as a USB HID device. It scans the implant, pulls the UID, and enters it into the active window! Plugin the RFID reader Test functionality With Notepad open scan your implant Success! Entered into Notepad will be the UID of your implant Copy the previous string Windows Sign-in options Set the Windows Hello Pin login as the previously captured string Done! Next Steps... In the future, I would like to use my RFID implant as 2FA to log in to Windows. As it stands this is more of a password replacement than anything else. Currently, though, it doesn't seem like there's a built-in way to require more than one authentication method per login so this might require some third party solution to implement. 

Chipping In: The Rise and Fall of VeriChip's Human Identification Implant

  A lot has changed within biohacking in the last sixteen years. Let's take a look at VeriChip, the only FDA approved human identification RFID implant. Test Implant Keychain     In the '90s the practice of implanting pets with RFID identification microchips became a standard, i.e., Spot gets picked up by animal care and control, Spot's microchip gets scanned providing the veterinarian with an ID number linked to an entry in a database, Spot gets returned to their owner based on that ID number and the information in the connected database. Eleven years later, Dr. Richard Seeling watched 9/11 first responders in New York City write their badge numbers on their arms in marker.  *lightbulb moment*  A few days later Dr. Seeling implanted a pet RFID microchip in his arm, had no significant complications, and thus the idea of the VeriChip was born.       Jump ahead to 2004 and the VeriChip has been approved by the FDA for use in medical applications. This approval allowing for id