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'Nutty Professor' plans to connect his home made ear to the internet

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 12/08/2015 | 13:42

Stelarc: Aussie artist shows off his extra extra ear in his arm
Stelarc: Aussie artist shows off his extra extra ear in his arm

Not content with growing an ear out of his arm, Australian artist Stelarc now plans to connect his new organ to the world wide web.

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It took the Curtin University professor 10 years to action his feat of science.

The Perth-based artist now plans to make the organ more three-dimensional by lifting it off his left arm and growing an ear lobe from his own stem cells.

He will then insert a miniature microphone which is capable of connecting to the internet.

"This ear is not for me, I've got two good ears to hear with. This ear is a remote listening device for people in other places.

 

 

"They'll be able to follow a conversation or hear the sounds of a concert, wherever I am, wherever you are," he told ABC News.

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The ear will also be trackable through GPS and Stelarc said the mic can be switched on all of the time without an 'on-off switch'.

Miraculously, the ear only took six months for tissue and blood vessels to develop around the scaffold structure inserted by the doctors.

'People's reactions range from bemusement to bewilderment to curiosity, but you don't really expect people to understand the art component of all of this,' Stelarc said. 

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