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   ZenGum  Monday Jul 25 08:42 AM

July 25a, 2011: Ear! Where?

A second picture today. The interview makes it worthwhile. From new scientist at

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Why do you have an ear on your left arm?
At the moment this is only a relief of an ear. It's partly surgically constructed and partly cell grown. We need to surgically lift the helix to create an ear flap, and then we will grow a soft earlobe using my adult stem cells. When the ear is more of a three dimensional structure we will reinsert the microphone and connect it to a wireless transmitter. Then any Wi-Fi hotspot will internet-enable the ear.

We are replicating a bodily structure, relocating and then rewiring it for additional capabilities.

So you had a microphone in your arm before?

We had a microphone in there for a couple of weeks. At the end of the surgery the sound was picked up and wirelessly transmitted. So the project is plausible. This ear is effectively an internet organ for people in other places to access, a mobile acoustical organ that anyone online could access and hear what the ear is listening to.

What future projects do you have up your sleeve?
One project is to engineer an insect-like microrobot that can climb up my tongue and into my mouth. It will have a webcam and an LED on-board so we will be able to stream the images live on the internet. I will just have to be careful not to swallow the robot. We will have to make multiples just in case that happens.

CaliforniaMama  Monday Jul 25 09:56 AM

Weird. I was hoping they were going to say they were growing the ear for somebody to actually use. Like to replace a damaged or lost ear.

Still, it is cool that they can do stuff like this.

infinite monkey  Monday Jul 25 10:00 AM

It'll totally screw up people trying to pass a joint. They'll be all like 'ere and the other person won't know if they mean for them to take the joint or if they're just showing off their arm ear.

Undertoad  Monday Jul 25 12:17 PM

Or if you're passing to the guy, he'll think you insulted him, it's like that old "would I/hare lip" joke.

SPUCK  Tuesday Jul 26 06:50 AM

So where's the internet-enabled dick?

Pete Zicato  Tuesday Jul 26 08:56 AM

Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
So where's the internet-enabled dick?
You mean [insert your favorite cellar cretin here]?

Your reply here?

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