In 2010, MG Michael and I began to write a book chapter for Jeremy Pitt of Imperial College London where we referred to the ultimate sensor-- the iPlant. See: http://works.bepress.com/kmichael/228/ titled: "Implementing Namebers Using Microchip Implants: The Black Box Beneath The Skin" which appeared in This Pervasive Day.
iDermal (video below) seems to be conveying the idea of a "contactable" human-computer interface. This is where the skin becomes the interface for digital technology.
Having studied the domain of smart cards in relation to automatic teller machines (ATMs) this video brought back some very interesting allusions. Note the FOUR contact points being made here by the body-modder to facilitate wearability. Is that the future we are to ponder? Is that the "jack in" we are to expect with emerging applications and services? The comments that bloggers have upload are extremely pertinent. One of these reads:
What an idiot! As a piercer he should realize the damage that A- putting something that can't be thoroughly sterilized and B- the weight of something like that, can do to any fresh piercing, let alone sub anchors. Ugh. It's also illegal in several states (including NJ) to use a biopsy punch."
This comment is preceded by this one:
Guys! Calm down! I was at Dynasty Tattoo today to get pierced by Dave and he doesn't have the iDermal in anymore. He simply wanted to create a "strapless watch" and invent a new body modification. He had no intention to keep it I'm sure so everyone just calm down. He's an Awesome , social, and funny guy, and I will definitely be going back to him."
Some of you might find the following image of interest- it was created by Michael, Michael & Abbas in 2009 and adapted by Michael, Michael & Perakslis in 2013. Note the lowest common denominator of tracking is the sensor view that MG Michael and I dubbed "iPlant".
The word "iPlant" was chosen as the preferred term for an implantable device having studied both Apple's and NTT Docomo's former product line. E.g. i-mode, i-appli, i-area, i-channel, iD; and Apple's including iTunes, iPod, iLife, iSight, iWork, iPhone, iPad. The collage (see below) was created for the FET11 conference: http://works.bepress.com/kmichael/220/ titled: "Heaven and Hell: Visions for Pervasive Adaptation".