iDermal – The Latest in High Tech Body Modification


Okay, so in case you missed it, I just did a post on wearable technology, but what if you didn’t want to wait till the end of this year, or simply didn’t want to shell out the big bucks to have a computer contained within your eyeglass lens, or neatly strapped to your wrist? Well, there is another option.

Check out hardcore technology lover Dave Hurban, mild mannered  tattoo artist and piercer by day who has gone one step beyond in order to have the ultimate in wearable tech. Mr Hurban recently pierced his wrist and then surgically implanted four super strength magnets in the resulting pocket in order to magnetically attach his iPod, to his flesh.

Of course I find that a funky colorful strap seems to work equally well, but it certainly has much less of the wow factor associated with surgically implanted dermal anchors. The procedure, now called iDermal, is being used primarily to anchor an iPod Nano to your skin which seems to withstand a solid workout or a jog in the park… and functions equally well as a simple strapless watch, for when you are feeling less, shall we say… sporty?

I have to say I’ve seen other body modifications that are far less practical, and I am a strong believer in “to each his own”, however, as much as I love my gadgets I’m not sure I’m ready to give them a permanent home attached to my body. Although, as much as I lose my keys, I might need to consider a dermal anchor implanted somewhere….. now be nice.


5 reviews or comments

Scott Says: May 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

What happens if you get an injury or illness in the future that requires an MRI scan? It’s my understanding that you can’t have any metal on your person when you enter the machine. Not that it will damage the machine, it will damage YOU.

Julie Says: May 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I’m thinking the airport isnt going to be a picnic either!

Jake Says: May 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Since he did it to himself not a big deal but the method he used is not legal in New Jersey(where he is located)

Tim Says: May 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

This isnt a new idea. Its old and rehashed. People have been doing this (and documenting with photographic evidence) since at least 2002.

Sierra Says: June 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

@scott: you can get an MRI with microdermals, i have one and have had an MRI with it

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