Steve Haworth, a body modification artist, is no stranger to implanting magnets in the human body. So when Rich Lee approached him to do just that, he probably didn’t blink twice.
But what Rich Lee wanted implanted into his ears weren’t mere magnets. Instead, he wanted headphones that used magnets as speakers. The original idea (which is still cool) is having small magnets set in the ears, rendering them “invisible,” while a coil necklace with an attached amplifier hangs around the neck. But Lee wanted to go all the way, and have the magnets actually surgically embedded in his own ears.
To control volume, he just moves the coil + amplifier closer to his ears.
While your everyday consumer might not be prepared for elective surgery just to have less visible headphones, Lee has plans for his new toy, ranging from the useful to the creepy.
He writes: "I can see myself using it with the GPS on my smartphone to navigate city streets on foot" and "I plan to hook it up to a directional mic of some sort (possibly disguised as a shirt button or something) so I can hear conversations across a room.”
In the video below, he further discusses the implants.