Implanting magnets for a sixth sense

quinn_surgery.jpgWired magazine has an article about reporter Quinn Norton’s experience of implanting a magnet in her fingertip to add a magnetic touch sense to her sensory repertoire.

Matt reported on this practice previously on Mind Hacks, where those with the implants say they can detect magnetic fields from electrical devices.

Because of the sensitivity of the finger, different types of electrical current can supposedly be felt as different textures in the air.

The operation is not available from qualified practictioners, so involves risk of infection or the magnet breaking up – both of which Norton experienced after her implant.

Link to Wired article ‘A Sixth Sense for a Wired World’ (via BB).
Link to previous report on Mind Hacks.

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