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Audiophile has headphones implanted in his ear

Surgical experiment allows user to pick up audio signals sans wire

Wearable technology is all the rage these days. Surgically implanted technology, however, is a frontier not many are willing to cross. Luckily, we have people like Rich Lee willing to put his body through the trials and tribulations of what’s known as a grinder; that is, experiments with surgical implants or body enhancements.

You see, Lee recently had a small magnet implanted in his tragus—the hard-ass protrusion on the inside of one’s ear canal—for the purpose of having it act like an earbud in his head.


There are no wires associated with this itty-bitty piece of technology. Instead, audio signals are transmitted via coil that Lee wears around his neck, which creates a magnetic field that, in turn, causes the implant to vibrate and produce sound.


Obviously, audio quality is nothing like that which you’d get from wearing actual ear buds, but hey, Lee’s approach does have its advantages: he doesn’t need to go searching for his missing headphones, and tangled up cords are now a headache of the past (though me thinks he might be dealing with a new headache in the near future).


Along with listening to his favorite songs, Lee hopes get creative with his technology and one day be able to hook his ear bud up to different sensors like ultrasonic rangefinders, thermometers, Geiger counters, and more, so that he can do things like hear conversations across a room using a mini directional microphone or sense how hot something is without touching it.

What do you think? Are you down with Lee’s experiment or is it a bit much? Let us know in the comments section below—we’re all ears! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

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