I have recently been reading about a variety of body modifications ranging from a simple tattoo or ear ring. This led me to wondering about the history of body modification. I tried to ask this as a broad question, but it was too broad, so this led me to wondering when the first body modification involving electronics took place.

When did the first electronic body modification take place? What was it?

  • Easily pre-historic around the globe, because numerous stone-age cultures discovered in the 18th and 19th century practiced, including the Maori and Polynesians. Jul 12, 2016 at 22:15
  • @PieterGeerkens How do you think I could make this more specific? A specific type of body modification?
    – Benjamin
    Jul 12, 2016 at 22:20
  • It may not be possible - as the answer to so many variations is clearly pre-historic. The onus really is on you to inquire about a specific body modification that can be proven to NOT be pre-historic, and there may not be any that have ever been widely practiced. Jul 12, 2016 at 22:22
  • @PieterGeerkens What about the way I phrased it now? Still to broad?
    – Benjamin
    Jul 12, 2016 at 22:29
  • You could argue hearing aids. The first optical modifications came about because of Sir Isaac Newton ("glasses")...we've come a long way since however with entire forearms including hands being recreated, sight reconstruction, pacemakers, etc... Jul 12, 2016 at 23:08

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This guy. 2004, added an antenna.


It vibrates based on electromagnetic transmissions just for the hell of it.

Now the first useful cyborg? Doesn't exist yet.

  • Surely you can add content beyond "fill fill fill"? could you summarize the link, tell us what the antenna did, whether it was successful? Something?
    – MCW
    Jul 13, 2016 at 0:39
  • Maybe you could add some more detail.
    – Benjamin
    Jul 13, 2016 at 10:24

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