German Tim Cannon is a "biohacker". That unsightly bulge on his arm there is where he stuck a giant computer chip beneath his skin, which transmits his biometric data to Android devices. Which will be interesting data and all but oh God just look at those stitches.
The chip is kept safe because it's sealed inside a protective case. The device is powered via a battery, which can be charged wirelessly, so hey, at least Tim doesn't have to plug his arm in to give it juice.
The craziest part about all this is that, as he explains in an interview with Motherboard, no certified doctor could ever perform the operation required to get the chip inside his arm. Because it's nuts. So he instead had to get help from "body modification enthusiasts", the type of people who put stuff like horns under their foreheads.
The guy who ended up doing the job was one such enthusiast by the name of Steve Haworth. Because Steve isn't a medical professional, he wasn't licensed to use anaesthetics. So, yeah. Ugh.
Using open source code, the device - called a Circadia - is going on sale soon for around $US500. Installation price not included.
The DIY Cyborg [Motherboard]