Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Over The Top, Under The Skin





At once very cool, and heading for disaster, this invention impresses me in its brilliance, and scares me in its likely outcome if it gets into the marketplace.

And while we're on the subject, did you hear about the guy who got breast implants for the lady tattooed on his leg? Unsurprisingly, given the lack of sterile technique evident in the pictures, they ultimately became infected and were removed. In fact, the "final" picture looks a little infected already.

Given the size and nearness to the skin of the nerdgasmic and geektastic device referred to in the first paragraph, erosion and/or infection would seem very probable. On the other hand, you wouldn't have to hunt for a phone to dial 911.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Must have been real saggy breasts to reach down to the leg.

rlbates said...

Wow, that is impressive and scary at the same time--the first one. The guy with the tattoo, not impressed.

JP said...

Whoa, the video phone will monitor blood disorders and alert the person? So much potential... Blood glucose and TSH monitoring, to begin with. No more pricks!

Patrick said...

Why is the first invention headed for disaster? Erosion and infection? And which outcome scares you? I feel like there is an elephant in the room, and I can't see it.

Kind of relatedly, I once took care of a fellow in the ER who had his blood type, diabetes status, and medical allergy tattooed on the inside of his right wrist.

Seems like a good idea . . . except we didn't notice until AFTER we had goozed him full of dextrose anyway!

Sid Schwab said...

Yeah, the erosion and infection risk. There are, in fact, little chips that can implanted in people, not unlike in pets, with medical data. WIth the subject of the post, it's just that it's so big and complex in structure, it'd seem to be an eventual target of infection.

GDad said...

Dr. Schwab,

I saw this on your blog yesterday, and I ended up having a dream about the product last night. It was amazingly vivid, and a bit painful when the product was inserted into my dream arm. I don't know what mind control juju you're broadcasting, but cut it out. Or at least send me something nice to look at.

Sid Schwab said...

OK, Gdad: here.

GDad said...

Mmmm... umbrella drinks.