Ohhh yes. In a world where sightless hearing aids have come into existence the next logical step must be sightless headphones. But wait… let’s make it 10x more brutal… Surgically implanted headphones! Sounds like a Death Metal song.. sort of.

Metal Injection recently bolstered the story of how one legendary man, Rich Lee, broke down boundaries and had headphones surgically implanted in his ears. Gizmodo explains how it works down below. The man Rich himself also made a tutorial on how to make the magic happen.


To keep the implant almost completely imperceptible, audio signals are transmitted via a coil Lee wears around his neck—based on this Instructable—that creates a magnetic field causing the implant to vibrate and produce sound. Audio quality is certainly nowhere near close to what you’d get from headphones or an actual pair of earbuds, but Lee’s approach has a lot of distinct advantages.

In addition to listening to music whenever and wherever he wants, Lee also has plans to hook the wireless system up to various sensors like ultrasonic rangefinders, thermometers, and even geiger counters, giving him the ability to hear distances like a bat, or sense how hot something is without touching it.


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Links: Metal Injection // Gizmodo // Tutorial