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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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

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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

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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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Desreverteg 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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Tophness wrote 10/29/2014 at 09:27 point
I would recommend using something like the ESP8266 for WiFi which includes a 72mhz 32bit arm processor. Saves space while reducing costs and increasing computing power.
I'm also happy to guineapig. I've been wanting to build something like this myself but I didn't have this many fucks to give to actually plan this all out. Ur a deadset legend.

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Meta765 wrote 10/20/2014 at 12:45 point
This is simply amazing work. I'm reading on the technology right now. I want
one! And i also make an excellent LAB rat ;)

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Mattimus wrote 10/01/2014 at 19:32 point
I would be concerned about a few things here, first of all getting a 2.4GHz signal out of the body may prove difficult because of the dermal layer. Its generally modeled as a resistor in series with a parallel RC network. This seems like a low pass filter so you may need a wire to travel to the surface and be attached to the outside of the skin.

also the sensor electrodes - any thought on what material? different materials interact with the body differently and the wrong choice of material could result in a wicked immune response and even death if left untreated.

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Marcus wrote 10/01/2014 at 21:57 point
I thought the Bluetooth signal wouldn't make it through skin either, but the Circadia implant demonstrates otherwise:

"shell/enclosure will be made from a medical grade silicone... EMG terminals made from medical grade Stainless Steel 304" and I believe that is all that is in contact with the body.

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Yes, Circadia proved that it works.

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Mattimus wrote 10/09/2014 at 21:47 point
hmm i stand corrected, incredible.

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Marcus wrote 09/30/2014 at 09:23 point
Have you thought about keeping a longer list of what applications this has (as currently designed)? To satisfy my OCD and keep your comments section neat, I might start a list as a reply to this comment.

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Marcus wrote 09/30/2014 at 09:24 point
- I think the vibrator would make the best alarm clock, both impossible to ignore and wouldn't wake the person next to you.
- Say you had to take drugs at certain times, stick an RFID tag on the drug bottle and use the motor or lights to remind you until the tag is scanned.
- I wonder if a soldier/hunter/sports shooter could keep track of ammo using the accelerometer to detect when a bullet is fired?
- Of course there is all the lock/key applications that are obvious for any implanted RFID.
- Detect 50hz current to warn you there is a live 240V wire near?
- If it was possible to use it as a vibrator ringer for your phone through the bluetooth connection, maybe you could also use it to notify you when you leave your phone behind (and the bluetooth connection breaks)?

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 10/05/2014 at 22:59 point
A lot of these sound really cool! This is a great example of what can be accomplished with Bionic Yourself.
Yes! The point of my project is to have an implantable device that can be reprogrammed and allow the user to explore all sorts of possibilities.

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Marcus wrote 10/06/2014 at 01:12 point
Would it be possible to drive a small current through the EMG terminals, just enough to make a tingling sensation (no idea how you would determine the number of milliamps in a `tingle')? That could be another form of feedback without increasing the mechanical components. It could be an appropriate form of feedback for something like a drug reminder: you could ignore it for a bit if you were busy, but you are not going to forget about it.

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Like a small electric shock, it's great idea! Yes, it's possible with additional circuit. I will try to include this feature. Thanks Marcus.

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nathan wrote 04/27/2015 at 17:38 point

love this idea

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nathan wrote 04/27/2015 at 17:38 point

love this idea

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Marcus wrote 10/21/2014 at 03:29 point
I wonder if the EMG terminals will be able to accurately detect how hard you are squeezing your fist? If so, you could link Bionic Yourself with the Electric Bubblegum Board: and do away with the Wii controller, instead use fist pressure to control how fast you go.

Actually all you would need to detect is binary 'fist/no-fist', and integrate that signal over a second to get desired speed. Pump your fist to generate a 'PWM' signal.

I admit if you were going fast and wanted to brake it would take a second to react, but skateboarding isn't safe to begin with, just jump off if you're in that much trouble.

If I had this set up I would initiate the bluetooth link by tapping the Morse code for "Like a boss" on the implant. :D

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[this comment has been deleted] wrote 10/05/2014 at 23:35 point
Good question. The moisture level shouldn't raise with time. For safety I have humidity sensor, if humidity level rises inside enclosure, that means it is time to remove the device. The average lifespan of a silicone implant is about 10-15 years.

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SpireCoder wrote 09/28/2014 at 20:21 point
It looks promising, especially the led display. maybe you could arrange the leds like 1 or 2x 7 segment displays to display numbers and letters?.

One thing that does scare me a little is the vibration motor.. wouldn't that cause discomfort or possibly inflict damage to arteries and such?.

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I had considered using a segmented LED but seeing they’re on a PCB, I was worried about the increase in size the overall implantable would be.

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PointyOintment wrote 10/06/2014 at 05:18 point
If you could manage to fit in 4 7-segment digits, it could be a (simple to read) watch!

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Stryker295 wrote 10/06/2014 at 20:05 point
Those are actually rather thick D:

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James wrote 09/28/2014 at 05:07 point
It seems like you got quite the volunteer list, I would like to add myself as well. I already have a magnetic implant to get a bit close to part of what you are trying to accomplish. I know a guy who can coat your device in implantable silicone. This is a concept that I have been thinking about for quite a while and seems like you beat me to the punch although my technical skills aren't quite where yours are. One thing I was wondering is if it would be easier to add programming/charging via transdermals?

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 10/06/2014 at 01:01 point
Cool! thanks for help. I will contact you!
From one side it’s easier less electronics, but from other side it will add more mechanical components. More sophisticated mechanical design will decrease robustness, for example you can accidentally strip off transdermals terminals. The procedure itself is more complex.
It is very important to note that transdermal implants can be very difficult to heal. Many tend to stay in a continual state of "not fully healed" and often have scarred and irritated skin surrounding them. Healing can take up to two years to complete. Rejection can occur even after the transdermal is fully healed if it is accidentally bumped (though this is true of any surface piercing as well). However, while success is by no means guaranteed, there are several people who have managed to keep theirs for several years, even as long as a decade or more.

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