[Cyborg] various cyborg ideas from Daemon and Freedom(TM)

Tomm tomm.fire at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 21:09:54 UTC 2011

At the same time I learned I was colorblind in high school, my 
optometrist showed me how to see everything in the Ishihara images: put 
a $0.02 pieces of red plastic in front of one eye (preferably the 
non-dominant eye).  This is how I read resistor bands quickly for years: 
though I can read them without the red plastic, it's just really slow, 
taking ~15 seconds and good light to figure out if something is red or 

The Cyborg way is to put a red tint into one contact.  No need for a 
high-tech solution when low-tech works great!

Speaking of low tech, I highly recommend Low Tech Magazine for the 
latest in deep and well-researched articles on low tech, ie, things done 
simply with cleverness, and no need for digital control systems.  Like 
how to stay warm using clothing:


currently wearing ~0.6 clo's worth of clothing

On 6/6/11 1:06 PM, travis+ml-cyborg at subspacefield.org wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 04, 2010 at 09:05:13AM -0700, travis+ml-cyborg at subspacefield.org wrote:
>> Haptic vest - Also called "the third eye", this vest stimulates the skin,
>> making it a giant input device.  By rendering your surroundings as perceived
>> via e.g. IR, ultrasonics or RADAR, you can effectively see in the dark, or
>> when blinded.  The characters in the stories use them to receive messages
>> from robots and alerts from newsfeeds.
> Talked to a guy at Noisebridge 5MoF who worked for a local eye
> institute (Something-Ketteridge eye institute?), helping the blind.
> He said that "your torso is not a retina" - there's far fewer nerves,
> and your "two point discrimination" is very low on, say, your back.
> Further, electrical stimulation can be painful - the pain threshhold
> is quite close to your ability to sense it at all.  Possibly some
> nanomaterial or piezo matrix fabrics would be useful (a fabric with
> individually addressable piezo units).
>> Heads Up Display - the primary output device for Darknet operatives.
>> Often seen as eyeglasses.
> See the recent post about Vuzix STAR 1200:
> http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/06/04/images-of-the-vuzix-star-1200-augmented-reality-glasses/
>> Bone Conduction Speakers - so you can hear (the computer, or your teammates)
>> even in firefights.
> Throat mic for cell phones:
> http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/c8e1/
> If you're thinking of doing radio in high-noise or windy environments,
> then a standard mic is probably not a good idea.
> This is even better:
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Bone_conduction
> You can find some online, that are transducers, so they output and
> input, and can be used by divers (are waterproof).
> A relative has some bluetooth hearing aids (a "streamer") - they are
> pretty hard to notice but they cost a pretty penny - perhaps $2-3k for
> a set.  So this kind of technology doesn't come cheap.  They have
> obvious applications in certain kinds of work, though the usual
> technique uses induction loops around the neck and is much cheaper.
> Similarly, this technology can detect you speaking things even when
> you aren't aware of it:
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Subvocalization
> For hands-free operation, you'll want a system with voice activation:
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Voice-operated_switch
> This may be very valuable in emergency situations where both hands are
> full.  You might even want some kind of protection against very loud,
> sudden noises so that you don't blast the listener's ears off.
> A simple webcam CCD can also detect NIR, simply by taking lens off.
> The low-light cameras are VERY good at this.  FIR requires a special
> array of thermistors, it's kinda tricky... it's too bad we can't just
> change the frequency of photons by passing them through some
> nanomaterial, then we could use multi-lens (or lens arrays) to get
> multispectral, or hyperspectral images.
> There is at least one iphone app that uses the camera and translates
> certain colors into "false color" in real-time for colorblind people,
> so that they can distinguish, say, red and green (or whatever).  It
> won't be too long before they're wearing augmented-reality glasses and
> don't have this disadvantage at all, most of the time.
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