I have been downgraded

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 20-Dec-2007 11:02

This morning I had private surgery (the public waiting list was over 2 years! ugh), to remove a close friend of mine - the Medtronics Insertable Loop Recorder (ILR) that I have worn inside my body for the last 7 years or so.

Implanted in my chest, esigned to monitor my heart, record ECG data to internal memory, and let me upload to hospital computers via an RF link (Yes, my body was wireless enabled, and had flash memory as long as 7 years ago), the device at some point, ran out of battery power though, and seeing as its no longer required - its done its job, and collected the data we need, I had it removed this morning under local anaesthetic.

The best part though? They let me keep it!!

Its about the size of a USB key, but weighs about 2 or 3 times as much. I plan on turning it into the most expensive keyring I have ever owned. Be nice to carry it around, outside my body, an it should have excellent gross factor too.

Heres a stock image of the device:

And heres mine, beside an AA battery (PDA camera is no good for close ups):

And yes - it has been sterilised!

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Comment by chiefie, on 20-Dec-2007 11:21

are you going to encase it in a case or plexi-glass block to make keyring, to preserve its wholesomeness?

Comment by rscole86, on 20-Dec-2007 12:32

Haha, go the Signature Range battery!

I wonder what you would get for it on trademe?
The ILR, not the battery....

Author's note by tonyhughes, on 20-Dec-2007 12:46

Hey, I never thought about selling it. What a great idea!

Comment by ZollyMonsta, on 20-Dec-2007 17:41

I'd buy that for a dollar! ;)

Nah, actually that's pretty cool.

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