Man Invents Invisible Headphone Implants

Rich Lee is a walking cyborg after implanting a magnet into his ear which will play music and eventually act as echolocation and a lie detector.

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A man has implanted invisible headphones directly into his ear, hinting at how music fans might modify their bodies in years to come

Rich Lee, a self-professed "grinder" (someone who surgically enhances their body with technology), implanted a magnet in his ear which behaves like a speaker when working with a coil on his necklace.

He says the most obvious use is to enjoy music, but he has some other creative ideas which will give him a sixth sense for exploring the world around him - something that will help with his declining eyesight.

Writing in Hplus, Lee said: "The implant itself is completely undetectable to the naked eye. The device & coil necklace are are easily concealed under my shirt so nobody can really see it.

"I can see myself using it with the GPS on my smartphone to navigate city streets on foot. I plan to hook it up to a directional mic of some sort (possibly disguised as a shirt button or something) so I can hear conversations across a room. Having a mic hooked up to it and routed through my phone would be handy.

"You could use a simple voice stress analysis app to detect when people might be lying to you. Not to say that is a hard science, but I'm sure it could come in handy at the poker table or to pre-screen business clients. I have a contact mic that allows you to hear through walls. That might be my next implant actually."

Lee has ideas for other projects, and has offered himself as a lab rat to other grinders who want to test their own body hacks.

How would you modify your body? Will we end up being cyborgs in the future? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    snake? SNAAAAKKEE, all the time...
    Yes! Maybe I can finally reach Meryl via Codec!
    You have to find the frequency on the back of the CD case first. :p
    Anyone else lose the CD case after buying it? I had no idea what to do for ages then. Luckily the internet had just come into existence.
    Ah, my teenage years are all coming back thanks to this. Here's my upvote, good man.
    Soon we'll be having sex the way they did in "Demolition Man". Scary.
    And the seashells. Don't forget the three seashells.
    How do they use the seashells?
    I bet this dude is mental Also, isn't using audio you record by eavesdropping is sort of illegal ? Even if he records something important, he won't be able to use it
    This is the kind of thing I've been dreaming of ever since I was a little boy. I dismissed it as science fiction years ago. Now the day has finally come. We we so excited.
    Well, the image they used pretty much says it all. It's only a matter of time before stuff like this becomes accepted in the mainstream, and then... Skynet. *puts on a tin foil hat and a kevlar vest, and jumps into a closet with a shotgun*
    what happens when u get in a fight? will u still b rocking when u die? when people visit your grave will the dirt b playing highway to hell?
    Reminds me of how a friend got fined for speeding and appealed against the photographic evidence being blurry, then an expert was called who claimed a probable match as he could see a "prominent anthelical fold". Science, biatch.
    I'd actually like to do that, just so I can listen to music everywhere without headphones. Sweet.
    I await the people criticising their audio quality in years to come, creating a new area of discussion for the "better" implant.
    So they're masquerading the fact that we will all be trackable by making the selling point that it is for music.