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Bionic Yourself V2.0

Project Bionic Yourself (B10N1C) is a small implant for your arm that makes you a bionic-superhero.

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This project was created on 08/20/2014 and last updated 9 months ago.

Project Bionic Yourself (B10N1C) is a small implant for your arm that makes you a bionic-superhero. The idea comes from utilizing technology to give you a super ability such as wireless control devices by moving a single finger, sense electromagnetic fields, and even scan RFID keys while all being stored inside your body. While these are a few examples, the possibilities range much further. It's also a user-integrated hacker tool that has the opportunity to change life as we know it.

The goal of the B10N1C is to explore the application of a small, safe, robust implant that communicates with the outside world through technology and the various user interfaces found in one’s day to day life.

The proposed project hinges on the idea of becoming bionically similar to Robocop. Using my knowledge of implantable materials (silicone, polyurethane, etc), I hope to upgrade my body to communicate with the tech-friendly culture that we live in today.

By having the system permanently embedded in your body, you have a different type of controlled environment which cannot be interfered with by the various day to day lives of people.

The electronic components within the system are small but require a 3D model to assist in keeping the system as small as possible. A draft of the 3D design can be see below.

Electronic Components

INA333 + AD8692ARMZ + OPA364
Op-amps for Electromyography (EMG) muscle bioelectrical activity circuit (page 32,41). or sense electromagnetic fields.

14bit accelerometer has a built-in low and high-pass filter. Shake, Single, Double and Directional Tap Detection. Freefall and Motion Detection.

8 X 0603 bright white SMD leds
LED bar graph, allows menu for cyber tools and data visualization through skin.

MEMS microphone for sound visualizer on LED bar graph (VU meters).

RFID & NFC reader/writer to allow arm-over access to data from other RFID/NFC applications.

Memory, stores RFID tags, data from the temperature & accelerometer.

High Precision Temperature Sensor, realtime monitor of your body's temperature.

Atmel picoPower 8-bit AVR RISC-based microcontroller.

BlueGiga BLE113 with Cable Replacement firmware
Uploading Arduino code over the air (Bluetooth to serial converter).

Single-chip Bluetooth® low energy Connectivity IC.

20mAh Super Safe Fullriver Lipo Battery.

Coil charger for wireless charging capability.

LiPo Battery Charger.

Linear Voltage Regulator. 1.6 µA Quiescent Current.

Digital-Latch Hall Effect Sensor. For enabling/disabling Bluetooth To Serial converter.

LED bar graph

RX/TX/Status LED

Safety and Materials

  • Bionic Yourself (B10N1C) shell/enclosure will be made from a medical grade silicone
  • 316L Stainless Steel EMG Terminals will be utilized by piercing Barbels MAKE-UB312-micro.
  • Special super safe Lipo battery Fullriver (301218HS20C)
  • Humidity sensor (HTU21D) for safety, if humidity level rises inside enclosure, that means it is time to remove the device.


  • EMG circuit from BITalino project (page 32,41)
  • Adafruit Arduino libraries and reference schematic for MMA8451, HTU21D, NRF8001.

Project Schedule

  • Mechanical design, large electronic component arrangement [ DONE ]
  • Breadboarding and making final decision on components [ DONE ]
  • Design schematic and PCB in Eagle [ IN PROCESS ]
  • Assemble and test without implanting
  • Implant in arm at a licensed body modification studio

THP Semi-Finalist Video

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  • 1 × INA333 Amplifier and Linear ICs / Instrumentation Amplifiers
  • 1 × AD8692ARMZ Amplifier and Linear ICs / Operational Amplifiers
  • 1 × MMA8451 14-bit/8-bit LowPower Digital Accelerometer
  • 8 × Bright white SMD leds (0603 package)
  • 1 × SPU0410HR5H-PB MEMS Microphone
  • 1 × PN532 RFID & NFC reader/writer
  • 1 × 24LC1025 i2c Memory ICs / EEPROM
  • 1 × HTU21D Sensors / Temperature & Humidity
  • 1 × ATMEGA328P Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, DSPs / ARM, RISC-Based Microcontrollers
  • 1 × BlueGiga BLE113 Bluetooth to serial converter

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Callmecakes03 wrote 08/19/2015 at 03:44 point

cool project I will test it for you to.

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Olivier Bourgeois wrote 08/13/2015 at 15:17 point

If there is any way I can help you with?

I am willing to test this on myself when a prototype is ready and I am also willing to fund your project. 

I can also involve in coding or electronics. Since I am a student in electrical engineering doing my bachelor, I could maybe help you if you need some help.

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Knochi wrote 08/03/2015 at 07:56 point

Cool project. Very cool renderings. Can you shortly point out how you did them? What's your toolchain?


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John August wrote 06/14/2015 at 03:56 point

This is pretty cool. I would love to have something like this but I WOULD be concerned about the health effects. Personally, I wouldn't use this unless the enclosure were hermetically sealed in surgical titanium. I know this might be unreasonable for several reasons (including RF shielding which would severely hinder communications) but I wouldn't want a brittle plastic in my arm that could break if I fell on it. (I know this is a little unlikely, but it's just me) Also, I think you should work on getting it smaller. Believe me, I am aware of how difficult that can be, but for something IN my body, I'd like it to be as space saving as possible! Still, nice work, I like this one! 

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Umair Ashraf wrote 06/12/2015 at 21:01 point

Very good initiative! If it had a glucose level sensor for diabetes patient. I'd be your first customer!

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nathan wrote 04/27/2015 at 17:34 point

I see this needing to be both NFC 13.56MHz      And. RFID 125MHz.    

Love the project. And when your read would. Love to be a tester

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djheckno wrote 04/22/2015 at 12:48 point

i wish to be a tester for you i find your project to be very interesting and wish to see the functionality of it in action my email is writ to me i would like to get in on this project

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arkitechindustries wrote 04/08/2015 at 21:18 point

I'd be happy to be a tester if you need, i'm working on simmilar projects, 

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Benjamin Vernoux wrote 03/28/2015 at 12:47 point

Just an advice you should change the MCU by an MSP432 => 95uA / MHz versus 200uA / MHz for ATMEGA328 ...

Also MSP432 is a real MCU => ARM 32bits with FPU

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Gavin wrote 03/26/2015 at 02:08 point

would it have to be arduino based or is it open to modification? 

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Xun Han wrote 03/05/2015 at 16:31 point


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Ben Pottinger wrote 02/21/2015 at 10:52 point

I'd be concerned about putting a bright blue LED under my skin.  LEDs (as I'm sure you know) emit light in very narrow frequencies and they are discovering that "blue" LEDs/lasers seem to have some detrimental effects.  The effects range from minor and annoying to frightening and dangerous.  Like so many things medical they don't really seem to know/agree on *why* it can be a problem, just that it can/is a problem.  Seems a simple enough fix, use another color.

Personally I wouldn't put *anything* made from off the shelf china-mart electronics under my skin, I've spent far too much of my life in hospitals and Dr offices already.  But that's another argument altogether ;)  good luck.

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The Doctor wrote 02/12/2015 at 12:40 point

Be careful. This WILL turn out very bad if it ends up in the wrong hands once its finished. And please be the first person to actually listen to me.

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Stryker295 wrote 02/13/2015 at 06:00 point

Anyone who gives themselves implants without understanding what they're doing deserves whatever outcome they end up with.

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p_carneyRN wrote 04/16/2015 at 21:12 point

I agree, bad idea. Besides putting a device under your skin doesn't make you any more bionic than sticking a smart key in your rectum.

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Dylan Bleier wrote 04/16/2015 at 21:27 point
but you could use a rectum-recognition feature as your password


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Dr.Jekyll wrote 04/16/2015 at 23:39 point

You understand that just because you agree with someone else who thinks it is a bad idea does not actually mean it is a bad idea, correct? 

As for the bionic part, well the definition is "Having artificial body parts, especially electromechanical ones." 

So in either case, this or the smart rectum (I am going to use that term from now on), you would surely fit the criteria. Although this might be a tad more useful than a smart rectum. Furthermore, people originally thought computers were just a "fad," so a lack of foresight is not indicative of usefulness.

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Dylan Bleier wrote 04/16/2015 at 23:59 point


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counter.culture wrote 05/07/2015 at 23:54 point

OpenRectumID™ - "The Internet of anal Things Identity Layer"

iRectum™ - "rectum?, damn near killed him..."

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Crystalsierra wrote 01/30/2015 at 00:05 point

I would test this out in a heart beat.

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Jack Didesch wrote 01/21/2015 at 12:11 point

I'd love to test this but I am a bit hesitant about the vibration. Also I think a heart moniter would be a great addition. I think you should consider finding space for a flat led. Also (This might be a stupid question, but what about airport security?)

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Steampowered1224 wrote 01/06/2015 at 00:52 point

Very interested in this implant! :D

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allstargajo wrote 01/05/2015 at 09:59 point

Registered just to support this. If there's anyway one can assist (funding, testing) please let it be known.

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Amom Mandel wrote 12/18/2014 at 23:58 point
Expect :D

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Liam Dickson wrote 11/22/2014 at 08:06 point
I would totally sign up for this in a heart beat! There is only one thing that I would ever even think to add to this and that would be some way to read the heart rate of the person. This is just the first aider in me talking because it is already in the skin to begin with so it wouldnt take much more to do. Though it isnt hard to make a pulse and blood oxygen sensor to place into a board like that!

I only have one question about it... Are you close to Canada at all :D

If you need a test subject let me know!

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Stryker295 wrote 11/22/2014 at 08:27 point
I think adding a heart rate monitor would just take up even more space, and the idea is to get this as small as possible... not to mention, it seems everyone and their dog these days already has some sort of heart monitor on them, so it'd be a bit of a waste :P

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PointyOintment wrote 11/22/2014 at 08:30 point
It already has EMG electrodes; maybe those could be used for ECG too, though it would be pretty far from the heart, and only on one side of the body, so far from optimal. A pulse oximeter would be better, and I agree that it wouldn't be too hard to add—there's been a tiny one available as a kit for a year or so, and it's pretty simple. Also, many fitness tracking devices have them, and so does the Apple Watch. For first aid, it would be really convenient if the device could somehow detect that there's an emergency and use its LEDs to indicate the person's pulse to first aiders.

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Liam Dickson wrote 12/09/2014 at 00:45 point
upon review, I agree. It should be possible to modify the electrodes for pulse detection. Though I had an idea, it would be possible to use the Bluetooth and make either a chest mounted ecg or a wrist mounted ecg. Just concepts

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renan.nogueiraa wrote 10/29/2014 at 11:38 point
I wanna volunteer myself for this project! :D Amazing!

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