Stelios Arcadiou, artist, experimenter, presumed-nonconformist and resident of the UK contacted us a while back about his arm ear.
It seemed that Stelios had heard about our medical device experience, and, putting two and two together with our microphone business, thought we might have a way to enable his arm ear to work with an implanted microphone. The idea was to run a wire under the skin to an implanted transducer, the other end of the cable to be routed we know not where.
After discussing the legal, ethical and practical complexities of this potential project, we respectfully declined to get to work on it. But there may be merit to the idea, in the future at least, when implanted devices become very commonplace, when RFID implants are the norm (anyone watch The Last Enemy on PBS?) and a real marketplace develops for ears on arms, legs, stomachs or other bits placed here and there.
Believe it or not, we think we do know how to accomplish the insertion of a working transducer and wiring, and even a way to connect to it without an irritating external connector, but no thanks.