The visions of the future of the screenwriters of sci-fi films are slowly becoming a reality. Technology is bustling with surprising novelties. Their usage is also surprising! Our colleague from Pixers, Luca, learned how to become a video game character by hacking his own body and is now living proof that the Matrix does not have to be fictional.

Biohacking

Hacking into the human body is really happening


Let us start from the beginning.

When on his first day at work Luca opened a door with an electronic lock with his hand instead of a chip card, we knew he was a new technologies fan. It turned out he belonged to a small group of enthusiasts of biohacking, known from pop culture and real life and, as a happy owner of a RFID chip, he could keep surprising us.

Hackers and biohackers – what do these technologies whisperers do

He started his presentation by defining a hacker not as a guy in a ski mask, but as someone who “makes technology do what they wish by playing with it”. Such hackers are interested in hybrids of technology and nature, i.e. biohacking, a bit wild field of study due to its innovativeness, frequent lack of safety certificates and tests, as well as distrust and numerous controversies in some communities. Some people are too curious not to try, though. Thanks to Luca, we got to know the icons of biohacking and brands creating this still uncertain future.
Biohackers are rebels in the camp of technology, who introduce advanced technological solutions to the human body to improve our senses or give us new skills, just like we improve our video games characters, enhancing their sight radius or creeping skill.

Celebrity hackers

Luca introduced us to the community. We know now that a very interesting artist suffering from achromatopsia (he only sees shades of gray), Neil Harbisson, has a sixth sense — thanks to technology, he hears colors. The device he built recognizes colors and sends signals linked to a given color to the brain. His art combines sounds and colors.

Art and technology meet at Pixers

An amazing artist – the sound painter

Another interesting person Luca told us about is the real progenitor of the biohackers dynasty, Kevin Warwick, who was the first man to implant a chip RFID into his body (the same as Luca’s chip).

Kevin Warwick

Scientist referred to as a robot

The enthusiasts seeking to avail from biohacking can do so thanks to companies patenting and manufacturing such wonders on a massive scale. Luca has had enough experience to tell us more about them than an internet browser. Their names leave no doubt. The word “cyber” is used frequently, sending appropriate associations to the brain. The majority of such companies operates in Germany, USA, and in Scandinavia, and the most popular “product” are RFID readers, based on NFC technology.

Chip RFID

Technology „in one finger”

Biohacking in practice

Such novelties can be used in very practical ways, e.g. to measure insulin levels without medical tests, payment card or data cloud in one’s palm, or a chip identifying a cat or a dog. Thanks to Luca, we got used to biohackers and who knows, maybe one of us will pay biohackers a visit soon to store all the data at fingertips.