DIY human cyborg biohacks his own body with circadia implant
DIY human cyborg biohacks his own body with circadia implant DIY human cyborg biohacks his own body with circadia implant
nov 01, 2013

DIY human cyborg biohacks his own body with circadia implant

DIY human cyborg biohacks his own body with circadia implant

image courtesy of motherboard




imagine a future of cyborgs, where people are capable of augmenting and monitoring their bio-telemetry via an external interface or smartphone on-the-go. biohacker tim cannon has done just that by implanting a device he has designed known as circadia into his forearm. circadia is a computer capable of recording and transmitting biometric data to android-powered devices. conceived with the help of the team from grindehouse wetware, the cyborg transformation has given cannon full access to his body’s biometric data in real-time.


‘I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what’s happening in our body,’ explains cannon. ‘if, for example, I’ve had a stressful day, the circadia will communicate that to my house and will prepare a nice relaxing atmosphere for when I get home.’ unlike other wearable tech like nike’s fuelband bracelet, the open-source device gives the user full control of how data is collected and used. communications for now include body temperature readings, which are enabled via bluetooth and an internet connection.



experimenting with biochip implants
video courtesy Motherboard TV



the implantation was conducted by a group of body modification enthusiasts instead of licensed surgeons
image courtesy motherboard



the circadia device before being implanted in tim cannon’s arm
image courtesy motherboard



charging the circadia implant
video courtesy tim cannon

  • Wow. The implant seems a bit disturbing to look at but man, is that cool. Impressive work!

    Thais says:
  • Funny how they didn’t think about curving the implant.

    Steffen says:
  • So, he implemented a… Thermometer into his body? Ehr.. What a “superceeding” and really stupid thing to do. Dude. Why are things permanently inside the body better than things, like this ancient technology called a thermometer, that you can EASILY and at LOW COST use to “monitor” your body- if that is what you like?

    jks says:
  • Circadia detecting severe damage to left forearm. Contacting medical staff for removal of foreign object.

    Nick says:
  • seriously! why wouldn’t they soften those sharp edges! looks painful.
    its only a matter of time before he hits it on the kitchen counter and it comes
    plopping out. first male cyborg to give birth to a computer

    ky says:
  • i would wait for a smaller more useful object for implantation (in a different spot perhaps).

    Jeffrey L. Richter says:
  • LOL! Cyborg birthing!

    Paola says:
  • Bravo, where is mine?

    Adaisha Adaire says:
  • Bravo! He just implanted a thermometer in his arm that will probably cause forearm malfunction!
    On the other hand (funny expression) , he should accept death not as an end and losing everything but as a portal to another phase in existence. Human body is not failing, I feel better everyday. What is failing is the way we treat our body. His denial of his natural being is so big I can’t really see what is useful in this thermometer. Life is awesome and your body can do amazing stuff, just learn how to train it properly.
    Need any help understanding your potential? Try ayahuasca, for instance.

    Oscar says:
  • Quaint. However, I am distrustful of anything that has to be implanted. May I suggest that the inventor devotes effort to an external sensor. There are now available external sensors for heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, even blood glucose plus those related to breathing. If he can integrate these into one machine and one program, then WOW!

    Erwin E says:
  • I think its hilarious at all the negative comments about it just being a thermometer, or not being ergonomic… theres a reason its called a prototype. Every great technological advance started with what in comparison with the end product would have seemed like a waste of time and money. Stop insulting someone just to have your word posted on the internet and gain a little open mindedness in what this could lead into. It’s not only the implant, but also the DIY procedures that were used to implant the device. The fact that the medical community looks down upon and thinks that super-ceding our natural limitations is no the correct path blows my mind, the whole facade that the medical field portrays is a joke…

    Kenneth says:
  • Congratulations, and to those saying “I’d wait for smaller ones or rounding corners” as with all technology it will get smaller and more company/more functionality as the technology develops.

    The first mobile phone was a brick that you needed a huge battery belt to lug around. But after that it got smaller and smaller.

    I say bravo for being the first and when this becomes common place people will look back and be like “how did we ever do without it?”

    Michael says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
490,140 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample