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Brief Published: 6 Jul 2016

Hearing Your Health: Sensory Augmentation for Wellbeing

Commercial applications for biohacking are increasingly being explored

A range of conceptual implants from Central Saint Martin’s graduate Lesley-Ann Daly would allow wearers to track their health using sound.

The Anthropomorphic Sensory Augmentation collection transmits health data from implanted body sensors to an in-ear device, worn like a pair of headphones. Users receive different tones and sounds as feedback from a cardiac monitor, nutrition tracker and toxicity evaluator implanted in the heart, stomach and liver.

The conceptual project builds on the idea that advances in technology could fuse man and machine in order to advance health, cognitive performance and wellbeing. Known as ‘biohacking’, the movement has progressed from fringe to mainstream, with commercial applications increasingly being explored.

“Human modification technology is developing alongside a growing interest in expanding the senses, generating new devices that can push the limits of human perception,” says Daly on her website. “With the rise in popularity of wearable tech, people are becoming more interested in knowing the health and fitness of their body – the optimised self. Developments in science and technology enable these devices to become smaller and more accurate, and they will inevitably become implanted into your body.”

To explore the brands and devices pushing wearable tech to its limits, see our report from the 2016 Wearable Technology Show